Plant of the Week
Stevia / The Natural Sweetener – Growing herbs can be a pleasure for all your senses. And if you’re looking for an herb to help pleasure your sweet tooth, an herb that has no carbs and no calories, then we’ve got what you need! It’s called Stevia, or commonly called ’sweet leaf’ or ’sugar bush’, and has been used as a natural sweetener for hundreds of years. The leaves of Stevia are refreshing and can be 30 times (or more) sweeter than sugar (extracts hundreds times sweeter), with 0 carbs, 0 calories, and 0 glycemic index, making it the perfect natural sweetener to be considered for diabetics (check with your doctor first). And what’s even greater is that it can be grown in your own back yard – especially in containers! Stevia is a tender perennial, and is not hardy past Zone 7. So plant it as an annual (actually planted as an annual in warmer zones as well). It will grow in the ground or in containers, morning sun afternoon shade to full sun, and actually enjoys cooler weather, and definitely not the hot weather. In the south, it may require some summer shading. Stevia – the natural sweetener.
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