Stevia Rebaudiana is a member of the sunflower family from Central and South America. Growing to about 3 feet, it has been used there for centuries as a sweetener in things like Yerba Mate' tea (available in our store). The leaf itself is about 25 times stronger than cane sugar, and extracts can be hundreds of times stronger. The taste of stevia, which is attributed to stevioside and rebaudioside, is not exactly the same as that of sugar and lasts longer. Stevia is also free of calories. Today, it is widely used in Japan, and has gained attention among diabetics and those who cannot take sugar. Stevia leves can be used fresh or dried.
This is a 90% pure extract of the sweetening constituents of stevia leaf. This is an extremely potent product that is many times sweeter than sugar, so an ounce will go a long way. With stevia extract, you want to make sure to use just enough to get the sweetening effects without the full stevia flavor.
WE ALSO OFFER STEVIA SEEDS, DRIED LEAF AND LEAF POWDER.