Stevia is a plant that you can grow in your garden and turn into a natural sweetener for your homestead. Stevia is a good sweetener for those with type 2 Diabetes. It can increase insulin production and stabilize blood sugar levels. To learn more about Stevia as a sugar substitute for Diabetics, go to “The Best Sugar Substitutes for People with Diabetes” from Healthline.com.
The most commonly known Stevia that is bought at the store is called Truvia. It is owned by Coca Cola and has gone through heavy processing. Stevia from your garden is not white. It is actually green. Garden Stevia is not bitter and is more mild in flavor. While not as sweet as the store bought kind, it is still very sweet. You can replace 1 cup of sugar with 3 to 4 teaspoons of garden grown Stevia. That doesn’t seem like a lot for something that is natural and not overly processed, right?
Processing Stevia from your Garden
- Powdered Stevia – You can let the leaves out to dry for about 12 hours. Put it into a coffee grinder to make a powder.
- Liquid Stevia – Dissolve 1/4 cup of your garden Stevia powder in 1 cup of hot water and stir. Leave out for 24 hours at room temperature. After 24 hours, strain the Stevia out of the liquid and store in the refrigerator.
If you have a loved one with Diabetes this plant might be a wonderful gift for them or perhaps in an already processed form from your garden. Some gardening supplies stores may have Stevia plants for purchase. You can also grow it from seed. Here is a link to the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds company Stevia seeds. To see a demonstration on how to make your own Stevia, click on the video below from Halle Cottis.