^^While I was harvesting, I caught tiny green lizard sun-bathing on one of the leaves! :D
^^I got a good bundle of the Stevia (I took
the picture myself--sorry about the tight grip! lol) ^^
^^Rinsing the leaves!^^
^After washing, I dried the leaves on papertowels, then
spread them out on 2 cookie sheets^
^I put the Stevia in a 175 degree oven for 20 mins :)
You could definetely smell the aroma in the air...very, um, wood-sy?
^^lol! Like my homemade mortal & pestle? :)
Our gorgeous marble one broke a few months ago,
so I'm learning to make do! :D ^^
^The leaves were super crispy, so it only took about
5 minutes before it was powder^
^After being crushed and sifted...
Then I finished it off by putting it into a tiny tupperware container
for later use...I think I got 2 TBsp MAX.
*By the way, It tastes great! It had a somewhat "green" aftertaste though.
Its SUPER sweet (1 TBsp equivalent to 1 cup sugar!)
I added about 1/2 tsp-1 tsp of Stevia to our pot 'o afternoon tea :)