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Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 3:46 am

I drink ice tea and ice water since I gave up diet coke so I will try it in the tea. Now I have to read Stevia for Dummies.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/28/2015, 4:19 am

Holy cow, there is actually and actually a call for a book like that??? I've stepped into something bigger than usual.
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Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 4:26 am

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/28/2015, 8:27 am

I grew stevia a couple of years ago.  I dried the leaves & now use them in my herbal tea.  I just crush them with the tea leaves.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/28/2015, 2:08 pm

Why did you stop growing it?
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Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 4:15 pm

Marc,  Just guessing, but maybe she had enough leaves for a while??? My coriander seed harvest was so big that I may have a life time supply. Next year I will grow lots of slow bolt cilantro.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/28/2015, 5:38 pm

Does it have a licorice taste at all?
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Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 5:56 pm

Zero. I do not like licorice.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/28/2015, 6:09 pm

Good, me neither, someone at work told me that which kinda ruined the whole "stevia" idea for me. Should have done my own taste test.
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Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 6:23 pm

If a local nursery carries them, covertly break off a leaf and try it. I slowly chewed it until the sweetness was released. Now you have me worried that my taste buds are off! Very Happy

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Post  mollyhespra on 8/28/2015, 9:06 pm

No, your taste buds aren't off, Sanderson.  No licorice flavor at all.  Some processed powdered Stevia has an aftertaste but even then, it would never occur to me to compare it to licorice.  (Yuck.  I don't like licorice at all, either.)
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/28/2015, 10:17 pm

Good! Very Happy
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/29/2015, 8:28 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:Why did you stop growing it?
Sanderson's right.  I have enough for a while!

Sorry it took so long to respond.  Been a busy week!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/29/2015, 10:14 am

@sanderson wrote:I bought a Sweet Maya stevia plant at OSH today.  The leaves are sweet!  I had 2 employees break off a leaf and I swear, they were afraid to eat it like they were being poisoned!  But, then, they were so surprised that they liked it!!  I think I am in love. I love you

Congrats!  Ditto on being in love!  Don't be afraid to cut it back.  Will it be a year round outdoor plant in your area?  It's a year round houseplant in mine.

I have so many leaves drying and fresh right now that I'm making vodka extract for the first time ever today using the homestead link that Molly gave us earlier.
http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/08/homemade-stevia-extract.html
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/30/2015, 10:18 pm

Came across this article about stevia on FB this evening & was asked to share it.



http://www.going2natural.com/home-2/how-to-make-your-own-stevia/
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Post  walshevak on 10/1/2015, 5:06 am

I saw that too and wondered about shelf life.  I've seen other methods that include vodka or grain alcohol.  

Any comments?

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/1/2015, 8:57 am

Well, it's over a year old now & still tastes fine.  The leaves are nice & crunchy and flavor my tea the way I like.

I have found for dehydrated herbs (and everything else, for that matter), it's best to store in jars (or seal-a-meal bags) and use the seal-a-meal to take out the air.  They last much longer that way.  I put the herbs in jars so that they don't get crushed in the bags...
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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/1/2015, 12:58 pm

Good article! I made liquid stevia using both vodka and water. I can say hands down that I like the water best. The vodka extract was actually kind of gross even though I cooked it long enough to remove the alcohol and reduce it down.

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Post  sanderson on 10/1/2015, 1:01 pm

I wonder if my lone stevia can over winter in my region? Does anyone know? Otherwise, I should pick and dry like in the article. Thanks, Marie.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/1/2015, 1:06 pm

Sanderson, I just read this on a seed sellers website:
Not winter-hardy, except in zones 8-10.

Guess you could try it. I have mine in a pot and it's pretty much a house plant.
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Post  sanderson on 10/1/2015, 1:59 pm

CC, Thank you. Worth a try this winter.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/2/2015, 6:27 am

It definitely does NOT overwinter in 7b/8a!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/4/2016, 3:48 pm

Hard cut stevia is coming back for the ....I dunno...6th year?
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The cuttings are hanging up and used in smoothies.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/4/2016, 4:02 pm

Wow! I am SO jealous! (But I still have quite a bit from 2014 that I dried.)
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Post  sanderson on 3/4/2016, 6:07 pm

Wow! Now I'm hopeful I can keep mine going. I bought it in the fall and it is still alive without winter protection.

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