Organic stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) seeds grow to be a tender herb with upright branches, bearing small oblong, toothed leaves and small white flowers. Stevia, a member of the sunflower family is a perennial herb that grows 23-27 inch (60-70 cm) in height. The fresh or dried stevia leaves are exceptionally sweet and are used as natural sweeteners. Sweetness is derived from the glycoside sativosides, which are 150-300 times sweeter than sucrose. The biodegradable Seed Pods contain non-GMO, certified organic seeds inside a mineral growth medium.
Stevia is use in the preparation of different dishes, starting from a simple breakfast all the way up to the most royal desserts. It is a valuable alternative to refined sugar, as well synthetic sweeteners. Stevia adds very little calories to the diet, since the active ingredient “stevioside” is not absorbed.
Stevia has a remarkable history in its homeland Paraguay and Brazil. There the common name is caᾱ èhé – meaning sweet herb. Guarani tribes of Paraguay used this plant more than 1500 years ago. Stevia is one of the most important ingredients in the composition of the ritual beverage “mate”. Sugar leaf stevia arrived in Europe via the Spanish in the 17th century. Stevia is known also as candy leaf, sweet leaf, and honey plant.
When stevia is used in traditional medicine, it help with a number of health problems. This plant has been used for lowering blood pressure, and making the labor for your liver and kidneys a bit easier. Anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, anti-bacterial, and anti-yeast effects have been documented and it has been used for alleviating inflammation of mouth sores.