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Sweetleaf - Stevia rebaudiana
This tropical herb was discovered in Paraguay where it has been used for centuries as a natural sweetener for yerba mate tea. Stevia is a healthy alternative to sugar or artificial sugar substitutes. This all-natural sweetener has zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index.
It is 200 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration. Some studies suggest stevia might have some additional health benefits as well.
Leaves can be dried and stored in airtight container for later use.
As plant ages, leaves become less & less sweet. Usually after the second year, best to replant. Can grow from seed (plant blooms several times a year but has very spotty germination)- Easiest is to take some cuttings & root it.
Need to grow 3-5 plants for a year's supply of dried Stevia leaves. Plant 24" apart.
MATURE SIZE: 24" x 24"
COLD HARDINESS ZONE: 8a-11
Currently growing in 4" pot - You will be getting 2 plants ea. order
The study found people did not overeat after consuming a meal made with stevia instead of sugar. Their blood sugar was lower after a meal made with stevia than after eating a meal with sugar, and eating food with stevia resulted in lower insulin levels than eating either sucrose and aspartame.