Stevia At Home
San Antonio Tx. SVETIA® with stevia can be used as a sweetener in beverages, such as tea and lemonade, or in sauces. It is a product created to satisfy the need to sweeten. You can take it cold, hot or even baked, since it keeps its sweetness and does not change the original taste of food. SVETIA® has no bitter aftertaste, that is, it does not produce any unpleasant taste nor does it leave any such residues in the mouth.
Stevia is extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, used for more than 1500 years by the Guaraní people from Brazil and Paraguay, to sweeten their local mate tea and as medicine. The component in this plant with the best sweetener properties is rebaudioside A (Reb A), that is used in SVETIA®. According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI) the sweet compounds of the stevia plant can be extracted from the leaf and can be used in products to achieve a very similar taste of sucrose. You can find SVETIA® in the supermarket aisle where all the other caloric and non-caloric sweeteners are shelved.
SVETIA® with stevia works well right in your own kitchen. Stir SVETIA® into a glass of iced tea or mug of coffee, whip it into dessert sauces, or learn to bake with it. Whatever the application – whether ready-made or made yourself – SVETIA® adds that sweetness you want but without calories. Today stevia can be found in hundreds of foods and beverages from around the world, including teas, soft drinks, juices, yogurt, soymilk, baked goods, cereals, salad dressings and candy, as well as a tabletop sweetener.
The Global Stevia Institute says that if you have a green thumb you can also grow stevia right in your own garden. It will grow just like any other herb or flowering plant. Wait until after all danger of frost has passed before planting. Stevia is a tender perennial that loves the warm sun and dies back in a freeze. However, in not so cold weathers, the roots usually survive the winter and will come back in the spring. In colder weathers it can overwinter with protection. Plant your stevia so that it has about 18 inches of room for its own. It prefers a loose, loamy, well-drained soil. Stevia doesn’t like soggy soil, so make sure that it has good drainage, or the roots could rot. A sure sign of rot is wilting from which the plant doesn’t recover after watering. Fortunately, few insects bother stevia plants. Feed your stevia with compost. It will grow 1 to 3 feet in height, depending on the length of your growing season.
When your stevia plant blooms in fall, trim off the flowers and the plant will make more leaves.
Stevia bears small white flowers in the fall. At this point, the plant stretches out and offers fewer good leaves for harvest. Trim off the blooms to keep the plant producing leaves as long as possible.
Leaves are sweetest in the cool temperatures of autumn. They also taste best prior to the plant blooming. To make stevia convenient to use, dry it. Cut whole stems and then strip the leaves and tender stem tips. One day should be long enough to dry the leaves. Once the leaves are crisp, crush them by hand or powder them with a food processor. Store in an airtight container. While the powdered leaves will not dissolve, they are a wonderful way to sweeten your beverages and foods.
Look for stevia plants in the herbs section at garden centers.
SVETIA® Calorie – Free Sweetener is made with cane sugar and stevia extract. One packet of SVETIA® contains only one gram of carbohydrates. People with diabetes are advised to check with their registered dietitian or physician.