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What to do with Stevia?

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Joined: 1/14/2009
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Posted: Aug/18/2009 9:03 PM PST

Originally posted by cdo_gardener
Hi! I am from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. I would like to know where you got your stevia plant? I have been searching all herb plant stores and they are not familiar with the plant. My mom has blood sugar issues and I too have it. It would be of great advantage to us if we could find a stevia plant and propagate it.

My fave greenhouse carries it every year an burped sells seeds fer it hmm search buying stevia plants? I kinda stumbled on it at greenhouse that I love an fell in love with the plant
Joined: 9/11/2010
Location: Batangas City
Posts: 1
Posted: Sep/11/2010 3:42 AM PST

Hi DELICIOSA. I'm from the Philippines, too. Where did you buy your stevia plant? I would very much like to try to plant some stevia in a row. I hope you could give me information. Thank you.
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Joined: 8/18/2007
Location: Omaha
Posts: 330
Posted: Sep/19/2010 5:26 PM PST

I've heard that sage tea helps with blood sugar issues, too. I hope you Philipinos can find your plants!
Joined: 4/13/2011
Location: Stevensville, MT
Posts: 7
Posted: Aug/27/2011 11:53 AM PST

My mom grows Stevia. We just dry the leaves (let them sit on a plate in a warm window for a few days) and whenever we want sweetener, we just powder a leaf or two into whatever we are making. It's awesome in lemonade! It slightly differs in taste from sugar--may be a little funny to those first trying it, but healthwise, it is awesome.
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Joined: 5/07/2002
Location: Iowa, Zone 4
Posts: 2520
Posted: Oct/28/2011 12:57 PM PST

It might be healthy but you certainly would have to get used to the taste....I bought some to try and I just do not care for the aftertaste......I would think you would have to "GROW" into liking it......or be VERY HEALTH CONSCIOUS!!
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Joined: 6/11/2008
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 161
Posted: Oct/21/2013 2:40 PM PST

We purchased Stevia earlier this year. I've been harvesting it and it's still doing great (currently seeding). I've been told that it will come back year after year so I am leaving it alone.
As far as what to do with it. I know you dry the leaves (I use a cookie cooling rack), and you can steep them in your tea for a sweetener with one of those tea ball thingies.
I have not figured out how to make a syrup from it or anything else.
Joined: 8/14/2015
Location: Hallettsville
Posts: 1
Posted: Aug/14/2015 3:40 PM PST

I planted a 3" pot of it in a large flower pot several years ago and even after a freeze, it came back the following year. I am in zone 8. There are directions for drying it on this site.
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