Grown throughout South and Central America as well as in Asia, stevia (also known as stevia rebaudiana) is a shrub that grows perenially up to one meter tall, with leaves two to three centimeters long. Stevia is native to the northern sections of S. America where it can be found growing in the wild near the border of Paraguay and Brazil. As a member of the Asteraceae family, stevia has an estimated 200 species – all native to S. America. Stevia rebaudiana is, however, the only species which exhibits such an intense sweetness.
Taxonomy / Common Names
candy leaf, yaa waan, honeyleaf, caa-he-ee, kaa jhee, erva doce, sweet herb, honey yerba
Stevia Rebaudiana Uses
- Primary: natural sweetener, diuretic, lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, dilates blood vessels
- Secondary: kills bacteria, fungi, virii; reduces inflammation
- Dosage: leaves, to taste (view stevia conversion chart)