Part of the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition is an urban mushroom farm set up in the Mediamatic Bank. Find out what kinds of mushrooms we're growing, how we're growing them, and why they're so special.
King oyster mushroom / Konings oesterzwam
The king oyster mushroom is bigger and better tasting than most other oyster mushrooms - hence its royal title. The dwarfed caps sit like little crowns on top of the long, thick, fatty white stems.
Oyster mushroom - Oesterzwam
First cultivated in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War I, the oyster mushroom, named for the cap's resemblance to the sea creature, is now grown commercially around the world for food.
Nameko mushroom / Bundelzwam
Nameko mushrooms never grow alone - hence their unofficial name: cluster mushroom.
Turkey tail / Elfenbankje
Dry and leathery to the touch, the turkey tail is too tough to eat (although slugs and squirrels happily feast on the colorful mushroom). It enjoys the company of dead or dying trees, which it helps...
Black Poplar / Populierleemhoed
This Mushroom is originally from Southern Europe, where it's called 'Pioppino'. In nature this mushroom grows on tree stems, stumps and trunks of Poplar trees and sometimes on Willows.
Traditionally belonging to the Japanese cuisine, the Shiitake, in all its musky roughness, has spread across the world, and is the second most cultivated mushroom out there.
This very rare truffle is formed beneath the psilocybe tampanensis mushroom. These small lumps contain very high concentrations of psilocybin, a psychedelic with strong visual effects.
Bearded tooth mushroom / Pom Pom Blanc
The lion's mane might be one of the most exciting mushrooms out there. Not only because it looks incredibly cool (instead of the regular cap it has a big set of teeth, not unlike It from The Addams...
Almond mushroom / Amandelpaddestoel
Originating from Brazil and Argentine, the almond mushroom enjoys high temperatures, keeping cool under a brown cap that's about as wide as it is high. (Great for stuffing!)
Taking care of the mushrooms
Mediamatic's Urban Mushroom Farm houses six varieties of edible mushrooms, and they all need to be taken care of in their own special way. This is the calendar that we use inside the space to keep...