Monday, February 27, 2012

Growing My Stevia...

A few years ago...
I discovered stevia...
a plant whose leaves are used both as a natural sweetener...
(and I do mean in the true sense, natural)
and medicinal purposes


I also discovered about that time...
that processed white sugar is unnatural and just bad for the body
all the nutrients that make raw sugar work as it should in the body...
have been processed out

white stevia that is usually found in stores is processed, too

I used to be able to get raw, unprocessed stevia, still in it's green color...
from a farmer who has an organic and true natural market in Naples, Florida
the green color, of course, comes from the powdered leaves...
and unprocessed stevia still has it's medicinal properties intact

but, it cannot be found here on this island...
and so, I ordered stevia seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds


very tiny seeds...
that working outside...
I had to take care they didn't blow away on the breeze


handling them like they were nuggets of gold...
I planted 4 seeds
3 came up and 2 are doing well


here's hoping they keep growing this well...
it would be nice to have my green stevia, again

and while stevia seeds were sowed...
a few vegetables and herbs were put in their trays...
they are now in the ground, growing steadily along...
and we hope for some purple carrots, beets, mustard...
and more lemon balm

for more info on the stevia plant and it's nutritional value...
it will also give info on how to grow it


And God said,
Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed,
which is upon the face of all the earth,
and every tree,
in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed;
to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:29

Thank You, Lord.

May your day, or night be graced in the blessings of God's fruitful earth.

10 comments :

  1. I keep hearing about this plant. I guess it's time to check out if it will grow here.

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  2. Thanks for the info and the link..I am going to order the seeds and give it a go too. xo

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  3. Hi. I just love your blog. I grow Stevia and use the store bought white powder to sweeten things, but how does one get a more natural product from the plant. How do you process and use as a sweetener? Thanks.
    Blessings,
    Lorie

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  4. Decades ago, I remember that that first artificial sweetener that was supposed to be bad for you. I said OK, I'll skip that.
    Now so much stuff is bad for you, virtually everything it seems, that I don't worry about it anymore.
    But that Stevia sounds good.

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  5. You're not going to believe this, but I saw a seed display, from this same seed company in our local grocery store just the other day. And I've even been to the town where these seeds come from. Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almanzo settled there, and built a beautiful home. There is a museum there on their homeplace. The grounds are gorgeous! Her home is lovely! Just thought you might find that interesting.

    I do hope your stevia grows strong and hearty!

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  6. Great info ..I am going to look into this. We have a small garden & I do mean, SMALL.
    ;)

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  7. You are creating a paradise! Happy gardening.
    Islandgirl,USA

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and responding to my question. Very sweet of you. :)

    I will try to grind in my herb grinder like I do my herbs. Guess I was afraid it would be too bitter that way. Won't know until I try.
    Resting in Him!

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  9. I have used Stevia for several years but the plant would definitely be more healthy. Good luck growing yours. I'm sure they will be fine.--------Shannon

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  10. Thanks for sharing, very interesting.
    Blessings xx
    Rita

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