Stevia

Stevia

Now days there is a lot of demand for sugar substitutes and the Stevia plant is one such substitute.  It is reportedly sweeter than sugar, so use sparingly.  The elongated leaves grow up long stems and white blooms will appear at the top.  Don’t think that you have to use Stevia as just a sweetener, it has been used for many years, either fresh or dried, to enhance other flavors also.

Spacing: Plant 12” to 18” apart.

Height: Grows 18” to 30” tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Outstanding Features: Approximately 3 tablespoons of chopped Stevia equals 1 cup of sugar.  You can steep Stevia in water and use that to sweeten certain dishes and recipes.

Tips: A native of Paraguay, the Stevia plant is an annual and should be planted after the average low is 45° or higher.

Uses: Culinary Herb, Garden Bed, Containers

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