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    Stevia
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    Our Price: $5.95
    ZONE: 10 - 11
    EXPOSURE: Full Sun
    SIZE: 36"H x 36"S
    BLOOM: White, Continously
    POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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    Stevia rebaudiana

    Stevia is an all natural alternative to processed sugar with little to no calories. A member of the Chrysanthemum family, Stevia is native to South America and was originally discovered by the Guarani tribes, indigenous to Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil, who used it medicinally in teas. Named "ka'a he'e" or "sweet herb" by the tribes, the sweet plant was also used as an herbal remedy for heartburn and indigestion.

    A fairly controversial plant in modern times, Stevia is banned in some countries due to lack of research on its effects and the fact that because it is naturally occurring, there is no patent for the herb. First used commercially in Japan, who remains the largest producer and consumer of Stevia and Stevia by products, it can be found in the United States in artificial sweeteners or as a dietary supplement. Also used in many weight loss and specialized diet foods because it has little to no caloric value, preliminary studies show that it does not raise blood glucose levels and may be more healthy for diabetics.

    Stevia is a great culinary herb and its leaves can be used to sweeten teas and drinks, custards, desserts and more. It is not recommended as a replacement for processed sugar when baking, as Stevia doesn't caramelize or crystallize like sugar does and this difference in chemical reactions when heated may not produce a flavorful or expected outcome. The leaves themselves have a faintly licorice like taste when used fresh and the plant is easy to grow if kept warm. It will continuously flower and will do best in doors in a pot or container if grown in a zone where the weather gets cold and rainy.

    Try planting Stevia with some of our "Tea Plants" which include Chamomile 'Roman' and Kentucky Colonel Mint, for a sweet compliment to hot tea!

    Features
    Zones: 10 - 11

    Size: 36"H x 36"S

    Light: Full Sun

    Bloom: White, blooms continuously

    Uses: Stevia is a naturally occurring sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than processed sugar. Though banned in some countries due to lack of research, Stevia is used worldwide to produce low calorie artificial sweeteners.

    Tips: Though Stevia is similar to sugar and can be used to sweeten many foods and beverages, it is not recommended as a replacement when baking, as sugar produces a different chemical result than if Stevia was used.

    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

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    Stevia January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: judith johnson from uxbridge, MA United States  
    Nice healthy plant. Used it in iced drinks & the grandkids ate it right out of the garden

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    Stevia - the new addition to sun tea January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: Ernestine Jones from Silverhill, AL United States  
    Works great when making sun tea, it takes a few times to get the right taste -
    easy to grow, reseeds easily, long lasting plants.

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    Growing and Harvesting Stevia January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Albany, NY United States  
    Stevia is the easiest plant to grow.  I just put in my vegetable garden when the weather warms and let it grow.  It yields a really large bushy plant.  I have grown this for 2 years now and just love it!  I dry the leaves in the Fall and use the stevia leaves in my smoothies all Winter long.  It tastes really great!  No added calories!  You should try it.

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    Kids love this! January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: Michelle Kerr from Plymouth Meeting, PA United States  
    I have a lot of fun growing stevia. It's easy to grow and easy to care for. It's unbelievably sweet - so much so that the neighborhood kids pluck leaves off and eat them all the time. They're amazed that a plant could be sweet. As for myself, sometimes I bruise the leaves and put them in tea or lemonade. I have also dried them and added the dried crushed stevia to tea blends and herb blends. For an herbal salad dressing mix I made to give as gifts, the stevia was a brilliant addittion - bringing out the other flavors perfectly and making the whole blend "pop". This is a terrific herb to experiment and explore with.

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