Do you know that eating mushrooms can lower your cholesterol? And mushrooms have anti-aging, slimming properties and can also enhance your brain power? Well this is what I learnt when I visit Myco Mushroom Farm @ Seletar Farmway West last Sun.
My parents love to eat mushrooms and had been wanting to visit this mushroom farm for a long time. Decided to bring them there on Sunday to see how mushrooms are grown locally and also to buy some fresh mushrooms from the farm.
Everbloom mushroom farm used to occupy the current site where Myco Farm is. Everbloom had cease operations and had invested a 25% stake in Myco. One of the staff brought us and 2 other families on a tour around the farm. FOC tours are conducted on every sat and sun on a hourly basis from 10 am to 4 pm.
The mushrooms were stored in these barn-like air-conditioned and humility controlled buildings there.
The mushrooms are grow on these logs that are packed with sawdust and some sort of nutrients and placed on shelves in these barn
Mushrooms had medicinal properties. This is the Monkey Head Mushroom. It helps to improve one’s brain power when taken.
Rows of Monkey Head Mushrooms growing from logs on the shelves
We walked out of this barn and entered another one where Shitake Mushrooms are cultivated. Shi means Pine and Take means Mushrooms in Japanese. Shitake mushrooms were grown on pine logs in Japan. That’s how the name shitake comes about.
The white ‘spots’ you see on the shitake mushrooms are not mould. It’s the mushroom spores which are very good for your body.
Freshly plucked mushrooms are best consumed within 7 days. Afterwhich, the good nutrients and stuff died and what you are eating are just fibre.
Shitake mushrooms have anti-aging properties. It also helps to tones up one’s muscle and burns away fats (these are what the staff there told us lah)
The 3rd barn we went into is where white and black oyster mushrooms are cultivated
Here’s some White Oysters Mushrooms. Eating Oysters Mushrooms lower one’s cholestrol. The staff told us that taking 150gm of fresh oyster mushrooms consecutively for 7 days helps lower one’s cholestrol.
The staff had just harvest baskets and baskets full of White Oysters Mushrooms
These are the Black Oysters Mushrooms… Aren’t they pretty to look at?
Rows of Black Oysters Mushrooms
Close up of a bunch of Black Oysters Mushrooms
Black and White Oysters Mushrooms growing side by side They looked lovely
And I think they looked like bunches of flowers to me
Little White Oyster Mushrooms sprouting out of these man-made ‘logs’
Mushrooms (shown below) which sprout from the sides of these man-made ‘logs’ are considered as second grade mushrooms. They are used as ingredients for soup bases.
These are called Willow Mushrooms. One of its medicinal properties is it reduce water retention and swelling in the body. It also aid the recovery of bruises. Those mushrooms that are covered in white below had mould growing on it. And such mushrooms are not edible.
We went back to their packing room where all the mushrooms are packed and ready to be delivered to the supermarkets. The staff told us that mushrooms sold at the supermarkets are at least 2 days old due to transportation and logistics matters. So if we want fresh mushrooms, we can buy directly from them at the farm. Best time to get it is at before 2-3 pm daily where all the freshly harvested mushrooms are packed.
I bought 150gm of Monkey Head Mushrooms ($4.50) and 500gm of Shitake Mushrooms ($9). My parents bought the 3-in-1 Mushroom pack (comprising of Black and White Oyster Mushrooms and Willow Mushrooms – $10/pack)
9 Seletar West Farmway 5
Singapore 798057Phone: 65. 6773 0377
Fax: 65. 6773 1766