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Description:
  • Perennial
  • Evergreen shrub with soft green deeply veined leaves, that contains large amounts (up to 5% in dry weight) of stevioside - a sweetener estimated to be 300 times as sweet as sugar.
  • It bears clusters of small white flowers in late summer, needs full sun and can grow up to more than 1m.
  • Stevia is frost tender and dies back in cold areas - it will grow out again in spring.
  • Stevia is a good container plant and will grow equally well in an indoor window garden.
Culinary Uses:
  • Dried leaves can be crushed / ground into a green powder that is about 10 to 20 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Ground Stevia powder can be converted into a syrup by dissolving 1 teaspoon of the powder into 2 cups of water.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, lower the heat and simmer until it has been reduced to a slightly thick syrup.
  • After the liquid cooled down, it can be poured into a small bottle and stored in the fridge.
  • Stevia enhances the flavor of lemon, tomato and fruit, gives a creamier texture to homemade ice cream and remains stable when combined with acidic food.
  • High temperatures does not destroy Stevia's sweetening properties.
  • Use in hot dishes/ baked foods.
  • Stevia's sweetness is more noticeable when used with neutral/mild flavored foods and is not as apparent in strong/bitter-tasting foods like coffee and cocoa.
Parts Used:
  • Pick leaves as required.
  • Use fresh or dried.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
  • Non toxic - save for children.
  • Natural sweetener for diabetics - lowers blood sugar levels.
  • Weight loss - Stevia has no calories and can help to reduce caloric intake.
  • Tooth decay - Stevia is not fermentable and cavity causing.
  • Reduces blood pressure and increases elimination of sodium (diuretic).
  • Promotes general good health and longivity.
  • Treat the pancreas and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and can be used topically on the skin to treat burns, wounds and athlete's foot.
Information is up-to-date: 16.04.2012

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