Stevia extract is a natural sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant. It is much sweeter than sugar and stevia seems to be gaining in popularity by the minute; it is far healthier than sugar as it is much better for your teeth AND it is low in carbs and low GI (the opposite of sugar!). As a result, it is very popular with dieters and health concious families. You can purchase stevia extract in the shops, but it is fairly expensive, so why pay for it when you can easily grow and make it yourself?
Stevia is a leafy plant that is very easy to grow, it can be grown in pots or directly in the garden. Once you have an established plant, you can then make your own stevia extract for a fraction of the price you pay at the store, and when I say a fraction of the price, that is exactly what I mean…
Head over to ‘Common Sense Homesteading’ and check out their tutorial on growing stevia and making stevia extract.
(Photo from: Common Sense Homesteading)