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Stevia rebaudiana also called sugar leaf or sweetleaf is an herb of the family Asteraceae.
It is native to the tropical regions of South America and Central America.
It's an annual grass that measures 30 to 50 cm in height.
Its flowers are white and appear from September to November.
Leaves are green and have a sweet scent when rubbed.
Sweetleaf seeds are long and has a small flywheel so it can be disseminated by the wind like those of princess tree or golden trumpet tree.
For hundreds of years, Guarani Indians have been using the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana as a sweetening sweetener in their infusions and for its many therapeutic virtues.
They also used another sweet herb called aztec sweet herb.
Extract of sugar leaf leaves contain Stevioside which have a highly sweetening power (30 times sweeter than traditional sugar).
This extract of Stevia rebaudiana also has the big advantage of having a number of calories close to zero.
Sowing sugar leaf seeds:
Sow the seeds of Stevia rebaudiana in a box of horticultural compost previously sifted.
Sprinkle Stevia rebaudiana seeds on top without burying them.
Gently rinse the seeds with a hand-held sprayer.
Finally, place the crop in a warm, humid place, such as in a greenhouse at a temperature of 25 to 30 ° C.
Sweetleaf seeds usually germinate after 3 to 5 weeks.
The germination of Stevia is usually capricious, it will necessarily require a hot and humid environment.
also exists as a plant for planting directly in the garden.
Only the extract of Stevia has the authorization of the French authorities to be consumable.
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