How To Grow Stevia And Their Benefits

Stevia is a tropical perennial herb grown for its natural sweet leaves. Stevia leaves are 30-40 times sweeter than granulated sugar, healthier, and have no calories. In the kitchen, stevia can be used fresh, or dried, often used as a substitute for sugar in desserts. In this article, we will share how to grow stevia, the nutrients, and health benefits that can be gained by adding it to your diet.

How To Grow Stevia

Sow stevia seeds outdoors after all dangers of frost have passed in late spring, or indoors in early spring. Grow stevia in your garden soil, containers/pots in full sun. Sow seed around 1cm deep 10 inches apart in well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost, or manure. Water regularly, and keep the soil evenly moist especially in dry spells.

When roots start coming out of the drainage hole at the bottom, transplant into a slightly bigger container/pot. If you want to grow outdoors you can also dig a hole big enough for the roots, place your plant inside and fill the hole with compost or manure. Fertilisers are optional but, if you want the best results, feed with a potash fertiliser, but avoid a high nitrogen fertiliser.

Nutients And Health Benefits

Stevia leaves contain many beneficial nutrients including vitamins A, C, and B-3, magnesium, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, chromium, and potassium. Although most of them are lost when the plant is processed into a sweetener. In addition, stevia is calorie-free and doesn’t rapidly spike your blood sugar, popular among those with diabetes.

Think of stevia as an alternative for sugar, where do you add sugar? Add stevia to your tea, coffee, smoothies, milkshakes, cakes, biscuits, pies, fruits, etc