What is Stevia? It is an herbal plant originally from Paraguay with small green leaves that have a delicious flavor and is said to be 30 times sweeter than sugar but has no caloric value.
It is an annual plant that can yield up to 1/2 pound of dried leaf per plant.
The leaves of the plant also contain proteins, carbohydrates, iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium and other minerals along with Vitamins A and C.
It is used in Japan as a noncaloric sweetener, but has not been approved for this use in the United States by the FDA. It has been approved by the FDA as a dietary supplement for nutritional benefits. Dried Stevia leaves are available at herb shops and botanicals and are often used in cooking instead of sugar ( again, this is not approved by the FDA yet ).
Stevia also has many therapeutic uses in other countries. In Brazil, it has been found to lower sugar levels in diabetics. In China, it is used to aid digestion, lose weight and even to stimulate the appetite.
Stevia powder is said to work wonders on any type of external sore and it is said drinking Stevia tea will reduce mouth sores and improve oral health.
We offer the following Stevia Products:
We've been searching for good,
viable stevia seeds for years, and now we can finally offer
them. A low germinator by nature, you should receive
excellent results from these seeds provided you use the
Special Seed Starting Trays we offer. This is a tender
perennial that is hardy in zone 9, but usually raised as an
annual in Northern states.
Requires only 100 days from time you transplant outside till harvest.
Stevia is also an excellent houseplant and can be raised in any sunny location. Provide a container at least 14" wide.