Last month I purchased Stevia & have it planted with my other herbs! I can't wait to harvest it this fall! Here is a little info about the herb:
Stevia is a small perennial shrub that belongs to the Chrysanthemum family of plants and is native to Paraguay.
Stevia has a inordinate ability to sweeten. Stevia in it's natural herb form is approximately 10 to 15 times sweeter than common table sugar. Its common form a white powder extracted from the leaves of the plant is rated at 70 to 400 times sweeter than sugar.Stevia may well be the most remarkable sweetener in the world. The following are some of the characteristics of Stevia:
*It is diabetic safe
*does not adversely affect blood sugar
*is non toxic
*inhibits the formation of cavities and plaque
*contains no artificial ingredients
*can be used for cooking
Stevia has also been known to posses some medicinal properties and was used by Indians for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.
Stevia makes up around 40% of Japans sweetener market and consumption. It is also used in many other parts of the world.