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Oct 10, 2011 10:27 AM


Does anybody know where to find a Huitlacoche supplier? This amazing stuff is so hard to find in Los Angeles. Have found canned version but there is nothing like fresh...

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  1. I think this is a summer item (at least fresh) and you are probably too late for purchasing now.

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    1. re: Servorg

      I was in the Mercado Hidalgo in Tijuana last weekend and six different booths had it for 100 pesos a kilo (about $3.50 a pound); went to a mercado sobre ruedas (aka tianguis) and a couple people had it slightly cheaper.

      It's damn near impossible to buy as a consumer in the US, because nearly all of the fresh stuff is contraband. I've only managed it once, and only because two separate Mexican chefs vouched for me. Your best bet is to find a restaurant, become a regular, and ask the chef to get you some with their next order.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        "It's damn near impossible to buy as a consumer in the US, because nearly all of the fresh stuff is contraband."

        I figure someone(s) is/are growing it here in California and selling it legally.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Thanks Ubergeek and Servog... I found a place in East Los Angeles this weekend. Tacos Claritas serves Mexico City food, and one of their items is a huitlacoche quesadilla. Was amazing.

          Mexico City
          2121 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

      2. If you want to try your own hand with it, the "King" of huitlacoche and the largest legitimate grower in the US is Roy Burns in Groveland, FL. 352-429-4048. He is a character, and his fall crop is right about now. He supplies restos around the country with frozen (the seasons are really short, and it is very perishable).

        1. The place I know that regularly has it on the menu is Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights. Why not give them a call and see if they'll share their source?

          1. Gabbi's in Orange regularly has it on the menu, perhaps they can help with sourcing.

            1. Have you tried the farmers selling corn at the farmer's market. I have seen corn smut at my local Berkeley market, although my corn farmer told me that the pickers usually grab the huitaloche for themselves.

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              1. re: chocolatetartguy

                I found it a few times at the SM farmers market, maybe ten or twelve years ago. Then no more, and no ideas where to find it. At the time I thought perhaps the chefs had found out about it.
                Fresh huitlacoche is much better than canned or frozen, and it would be great to find a source!

                1. re: chocolatetartguy

                  I'll have to ask my local Farmer's Market. Great idea! I did talk to a local Farmer several months ago and he told me the workers usually snatch it up. They sure know what a good thing it is... Thanks again!

                  1. re: cactinino10

                    The season for fresh is about 3 weeks out of 52. It freezes very well.