Stevia

     Stevia rebaudiana
is really sweet. The substance Stevioside is 300 times as sweet as common sugar which makes it an appreciated sweetener the world over. It is used in, for instance, sweets, soft drinks, pastries and numerous health preparations. Stevioside sweetening is used very much in Japan where Aspartam is prohibited. Stevia is now after many court cases with the powerful Aspartam industry accepted within the EU. Stevia comes from South America originally and must be pre-cultivated and set out when the soil has warmed up. It does not like temperatures below 10°C. This plant grows about 50 cm tall and yields large amounts of sweet serrated leaves which are used fresh, dried, powdered or concentrated in fluid or firm form. It can winter as a potted plant and yield cuttings in spring. Stevioside is a pure health substance. It doesn"™t raise blood sugar but rather stabilizes it. It contains no calories and creates no dependence and counteracts plaque and caries. A ½ teaspoon of powdered Stevia leaves is the equivalent of 2 dl of white sugar. There are recipes on the web. There is a sheet of instructions on how to sow this plant included in the seed-bag.

SOWING: Sow very shallowly (seeds need light) indoors in March-April and be careful so the seeds don't dry out. The seeds will germinate in 5-10 days. The roots needs plenty of space, so replant when necessary. Pinch off the top, if you want a bushier plant. Set out once the risk of frost is over and the soil is warmer. Keep a distance of 30 cm.

SEEDS: About 2700 seeds/g.

Stevia, organic seeds
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Stevia rebaudiana is really sweet. The substance Stevioside is 300 times as sweet as common sugar which makes it an appreciated sweetener the world over. It is used in, for instance, sweets, soft drin...

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