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  • Stevia rebaudiana Quart
  • Stevia rebaudiana Quart
  • Stevia rebaudiana Quart

Stevia rebaudiana Quart

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Whether you pronounce it with a long or short E, it's still vastly sweeter than sugar by weight, and has no calories.

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Sweetleaf, commonly referred to as stevia (actual pronunciation is Steh-via, named after Spanish botanist, Pedro Esteve), is used to sweeten foods and beverages with no added calories. Originating from South America, this perennial is somewhat of an ugly duckling and is best harvested before it flowers. Pinch the tips of shoots to encourage a more compact plant and dry them for use as a sweetener. Dried leaves are sweeter than the fresh ones, and can be used in teas or ground into powder. Stevia doesn't like to dry out, so water regularly. Another oddity, the sweetness of the leaves is reduced if fertilized with too much nitrogen, so we suggest planting stevia with our dry fertilizer, Root Power, and call it good.   

Common Name Sweetleaf
Culinary Uses Dry leaves for tea, or grind dry leaves into powder as a sweetener
Harvest Time Harvest leaves before plant blooms for best flavor. Harvest all leaves before first fall frost.
Mature Size 12 - 24" tall and wide
Growth Rate Moderate - pinch to encourage branching
Cold Hardiness Frost sensitive annual
Light Sun to partial sun
Structure Upright mound
Photos Real images, not stock photos
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