Mycofarm
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Admission
   
Free.
   
Open
   
Daily.
   
Transportation
   
It would be best if you could drive there.

Public bus 86 and 103, alight along Jalan Kayu at the junction of Seletar West Farmway 4. Walk into Farmway 4, first right junction is Farmway 6, next right junction is Farmway 5 (turn right here).

   
Information
   
Mycofarm Pte Ltd
9 Seletar West Farmway 5
Singapore 798057.
Tel: +65 6773 0377
Fax: +65 6773 1766
Email:
Website: www.mycofarm.com.sg
(website not accessible in late 2012)

Mycofarm is Singapore's only specialist mushroom grower. Dedicated to producing quality, fresh, natural and chemical-free mushrooms for consumers. Mushrooms include Japanese Oyster Hiratake, Willow, Forest Oyster, White Oyster, Emperor Shitake, Royal Abalone and many others. Come for a tour and see how mushrooms are grown, harvested and packed. You can even purchase their fresh locally grown mushrooms at the farm.

Previously known as Everbloom Mushrooms Pte Ltd. Mycofarm, the brainchild of Dr K. K. Tan, CEO and founder of MycoBiotech Inc.

Dr. Tan who used to work at the NUS's biochemistry department, began cultivating mushrooms for commercial sale 25 years ago. The company, Everbloom, was renamed Mycofarm sometime in 2006.

One of the mushroom being cultivated at the farm is the Shiitake mushrooms which originate from China where it has been successfully cultivated for more than a thousand years. With a long history of medicinal use, Shiitake mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals. It is no wonder the ancient Chinese considered these an elixir of life. In Japan, from which the name "Shiitake" comes, they are known as "the King of Mushrooms".

Shiitake is grown on oak logs in the wild, hence its name "Shii" (oak tree) "take" (mushroom). In the more modern mushroom farms, Shiitake mushrooms are grown in plastic-bag logs filled with wood substrate and have become one of the most popular cultivated mushrooms. It is known to enhance the immune system, aiding the body to fight infection and disease, and is gaining ground in the medical world for its anti-tumor qualitites.

The shiitake mushroom has an incubation period of nearly 100 days, while other varieties take between four and six weeks.

Guided Tour brings you to the Grow Rooms where you can see how the Shiitakae and Oyster Mushrooms are cultivated on 'logs' at 15°C to 20°C. The tour is conducted every hourly at Mycofarm from 11am to 4pm during weekends only and is Free. Booking is required during weekdays and there is a minimum charge per pax.

 

Nov 2009.