From hotels to HDB carparks, farming hits the roof

Citiponics runs a rooftop gardening outfit which is in close concert with Singapore Food Agency to bring pesticide-free produce to supermarkets.
Citiponics runs a rooftop gardening outfit which is in close concert with Singapore Food Agency to bring pesticide-free produce to supermarkets. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - The chocolate mint that thrives in a sun-baked plot at One Farrer Hotel tastes every bit like spearmint at first crunch, but slowly releases a hint of chocolate on the palate as you keep chewing.

The unusual aromatic herb, along with others of its ilk such as sweet basil, laksa, lemongrass and curry leaves, can be found in a more than 1,000 sq m outdoor soil-based farm on Level 7 of the hotel. Here, you can also find papaya, durian and banana trees.

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