Stevia is a perennial herb that is native to South America. It has small, green leaves and tiny, white flowers that are attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Stevia is well-known for its ability to sweeten foods and beverages without adding calories or causing spikes in blood sugar levels. It is a popular alternative to sugar for those looking to reduce their sugar intake or manage conditions like diabetes.
To grow Stevia, be sure to plant it in a location that receives plenty of sunlight. Stevia prefers well-draining soil, so be sure to plant it in a location that does not retain water. Water the plant regularly, but be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot.
Stevia is a low-maintenance herb that can tolerate a range of temperatures. It will benefit from a layer of mulch to help keep the soil moist and cool during the hot summer months. Fertilize the plant with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer once a month to help promote healthy growth.
In addition to its sweetening properties, Stevia is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used for centuries to aid in digestion and as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. With proper care, your Stevia plant will thrive and provide a natural, low-calorie sweetening option for your kitchen for years to come.