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Stevia rebaudiana

stevia

plant overview
smart start for sweet endings

Stevia is an herb cultivated from the leaves of a South American evergreen shrub that was first “discovered” in Paraguay by 16th century Spanish explorers. There are more than 100 species of stevia distributed throughout the world, but only the South American species used for thousands of years in Paraguay and Brazil contain stevioside, a glycoside that is up to 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. Although the herb started slowly in the U.S., it is now found in many soft drinks, baked goods and other processed foods. Aside from the fact that a little goes a very long way, stevia does not increase blood sugar levels. It is also an alternative to aspartame and other no-calorie, artificial sweeteners.

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Stevia
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on stevia

description
Stevia is a member of the Asteraceae family.

Cultivated varieties of stevia can reach 3 feet in height, where as wild stevia will usually reach around 2 feet. This spindly plant's root system has both fine roots that spread out along the soil surface and a thicker deeper root that burrows deep into the ground.

The plant's many-branched stems that grow from these roots are hairy, and wand-like. Its fibrous, dark green leaves are opposite and toothed and prolific. Despite not being an aromatic plant, when its leaves are picked and placed on the tongue they are sweet to the taste. Dried stevia leaves are even sweeter than their fresh counterparts.

Stevia's white flowers are tubular and bisexual.

common names & nomenclature
The genus Stevia was named for Petrus Jacobus Stevus, a Spanish botanist and physician.

Also known as:
sweetleaf, stevia leaf, stevia, sweet leaf, sugarleaf


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for stevia

Stevia rebaudiana is native to semi-humid subtropical regions of Paraguay and Brazil.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
cultivation and harvesting for stevia

climate
Stevia grows in sunny, humid tropical and subtropical regions.

soil
Prefers a sandy, well-drained, acidic soil.

growing
Sow seeds in spring in a warm greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Transplant out the seedlings into individual pots and grow them on, planting them out after the last expected frosts.

harvesting
Harvest leaves right before flowering for best flavor, dry for later use.

preserving
Store dried stevia leaf, powdered stevia leaf, and powdered stevia extract in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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