Growing Stevia, a Healthy Sweetener


| 10/25/2011 9:05:20 AM


Tags: growing stevia, sweeteners,

Stevia 

Stevia is an herbal sweetener that can help you keep calories low when you want something sweet. Research has demonstrated that not only are stevia sweeteners extremely low in calories, but they do not have an effect on blood glucose.  Check out our November/December 2011 issue for a wonderful stevia recipe. Most of the stevia products you’ll find in health food stores are derivatives of the stevia plant, but you can actually grow the herb yourself.

Freshly harvested stevia leaves can be steeped in water to create a liquid sweetener, or simply added directly to your coffee or tea. Stevia plants are adaptable to many climates, from the American South to Canada. 

Step 1: Buy plants 

For consistent levels of sweetness, it’s best to start with plants instead of seeds. If your local nursery doesn’t carry them (it probably won’t), check these great resources for live stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana) plants:

Step 2: Set Out Stevia Transplants 




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