Okay, as promised, I am going to give Stevia a post all it’s own. Before my latest gardening adventure (see previous posts) I really knew nothing about Stevia. However, I have researched the plant and like what I’ve found out…it’s a pretty cool plant.
Stevia is actually a part of about 240 other herbs and shrubs in the Sunflower family (wow…who knew?). Before we go any further, here’s a picture:
The extracts from the leaf of this plant are 300 times sweeter than sugar…with NO calories…and supposedly no side-affects! Hmmmm…. I like it already! Rebiana is the trade name for the sweetener that they have already created from this plant. Truvia is the consumer brand name for the Cargill and The Coca-Cola Company version of this sweetener 🙂 and PureVia is the PepsiCo and Merisant Company brand name of the sweetener. Okay, now you have no excuse not to try it :).
Okay, now you’re semi-educated on this plant. And I have it in my garden :).
I’ll let you know how well it sweetens my food 🙂