The Q&A Archives: Stevia

Question: I ve heard that stevia, an annual herb, can be used as a sugar substitute. Where can it be bought? What are its cultivation requirements? How is it propagated? Is there any downside to ingesting it as a subsitute for sugar?

Answer: You can purchase the plant Stevia rebaudiana from Richters Herbs, ph# 905/640-6677, web site<br><br>The catalog says that the leaf powder can be used in place of sugar in drinks, baked goods, preserves, etc. Unfortunately, none of the references I checked had specific information about cultivating the herb. I suggest you contact Richters about the plant s requirements and any precautions about using it.<br><br>

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