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SSanf
April 6th, 2006, 07:23 AM
It is a calorie free herbal sweetener.

Have you grown it with any success?

Do you have Stevia recipes using herbs that are home grown?

Dang, I need to lose some weight and this might help. LOL

http://www.stevia.com/SteviaArticle.asp?Id=2269

Plants are sold here. I may order some. I haven't tried this place yet. It appears that this plant may be under threat due to over harvesting!

http://www.stevia-plant.com/products.cfm

DragonMom
April 7th, 2006, 12:45 AM
Have heard of it on other green/pagan boards, but haven't had the chance to try it myself... would love to, I've heard it's something like 10 times sweeter than table sugar so you don't need to use as much. I expect it to be 10 times as expensive, unfortunately. :P

Faery-Wings
April 7th, 2006, 06:30 AM
My hubby is diabetic and having some huge health issues. We are trying to get him off of splenda and aspertame. We recently switched to stevia for him for his coffee which he is fine with.
It was $10 at Trader Joe's and lasted well over a month and he drinks a lot of coffee.

I haven't cooked with it yet, but he printed out a choc chip cookie recipe from stevia.net
There is also a cookbook "The Stevia Cookbook" by Ray Sahellen and Donna Gates- again haven't tried anything yet, but it might be a good start for you.

SSanf
April 8th, 2006, 09:14 PM
Well, I am thinking of buying some plants. If that works, it should be CHEAPER than sugar.

Just wondering.

Faery-Wings
April 9th, 2006, 07:14 AM
Let me know how that goes. Do youknow how long it takes or how many plants you need to get a decent supply?

SSanf
April 9th, 2006, 07:37 AM
I don't know but from what I have read the seeds do not germinate well and you need to start from established plants and cuttings which will, of course, make for more start up costs.

I guess, if I can propogate them, this would be a good Yule gift, too. Since it says to start cuttings in the fall, I guess, plants should winter over if brought inside. But, I don't know about that.

If it does work, we should spread it around.

This is from my bookmarks

http://www.stevia.net/growingstevia.htm

You can get plants here.
http://www.herbaladvantage.com/showsearchproduct.cfm?CategoryID=47&ProductSKU=11-6999