Stevia – Growing A Natural Sweetener

steviaStevia 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.

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9 thoughts on “Stevia – Growing A Natural Sweetener

  1. Oh it is good. We did grow some and it came back a year or two on its own. But while very sweet fresh off the plant once dried it lost something. I don’t think our hot Mississippi growing is the best .

  2. Interesting. I occasionally use (store bought) stevia to sweeten my tea and I always have to be super careful not to overdo it – it’s so much sweeter than sugar! I wonder if home grown stevia would be as sweet as store bought? And how does it work, dried leaves don’t turn into crystals that we buy in stores after all… I wish I could test it, but I’m afraid living in a rather cold climate and having no garden are pretty serious obstacles 🙁

    1. It’s not as sweet and according to the video the powder is green. I read that the store bought white version goes through a lot of processing in order to get it white. Maybe you can have a summer garden. Their are ways to protect plants from frost. I will do a post on that soon. Great topic….:)

      1. I couldn’t watch the video yesterday, I did now.
        Sure, there’s a lot of processing going in order to make sugar/stevia crystals, so I’m really curious how much you can achieve at home, without any complicated processing. If you find a way for me to grow stevia indoors, I’ll be happy to test it out! 🙂

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