Corn Fungus or Corn smut is a food that looks worthy of a haunted house as it looks very much like grey-colored brains. It is actually a plant fungus that infects corn and that is used in Latin America as a filling for quesadillas. Some say it has an earthy, strong, mushroom-like flavor with a slight hint of raw corn — it’s a popular ingredient in soups and quesadillas. However strange this dish may seem, many promote it as a healthy dish due to the nutritional value provided within including protein and minerals including Llysine .
Cordyceps, also referred to as caterpillar fungus is considered an aphrodisiac in China, where it bears the name dong chong xia cao. This fungus is perhaps more of a parasite. It works by infiltrating a caterpillar larva’s brains and then grows in the cavity. This mushroom has been known for centuries to work as a libido enhancer. Today it is grown and cultivated so it is available for low prices. If you have a hot date coming up, why not get a serving of cordyceps to split and a few glasses of champagne to wash it down?