Taqueria El Fuego had huitlacoche and I just learned of a new place in the mid cities (can't remember the name) that also has it. Does anyone have a recommendation of a place I can get huitlacoche in my taco, burrito, enchilada etc...? Ideally fresh and not canned.
Well technically we can't tell you were to get the fresh stuff since it is banned by the USDA. The place in the mid cities area to get it is Al Dia from Scratch in Grapevine. You might call Olga/Raul down at Mesa and see if they plan on carrying it for one of their specials.
I have also been on the search for it and I would imagine it is almost dead here. If someone could open a place like El Fuego say up in Denton I bet you would see the fresh version....just sayin.
Huitlacoche is not banned, even though the USDA has spent considerable sums in an effort to eradicate it through development of resistant hybrid corn seed. Roy Burns in Groveland, Florida, grows 2 crops per year of it on 7 acres, about 18,000 pounds per year. He sells to a number of restaurants directly, and to wholesalers. I'm not aware of any he sells to in this area. He freezes it in 2 pound bags, which is way better than the canned which has a lot of water added. But it is expensive to move around. I think his minimum order is 10 pounds. The season for fresh is measured in days, and it is very perishable.
I became enamored of huitlacoche when I lived in Mexico City, and my ladyfriend introduced me to it with an extraordinary casserole.
I made the trip to Groveland in October a year ago and Roy gave me the whole tour of the operation. It was a real treat getting a half dozen ears of fresh fresh, and lots of it for the freezer. He taught me a lot about it and he wouldn't take my money. And the guy is a riot.