Sweet Leaf | Earth Gypsy Evie

Sweet Leaf

Butterfly enjoying the stevia flowers.

 

No, this isn’t Ozzy’s Sweet Leaf! It’s stevia, a plant often used as a sugar substitute. Most of you may think of a white powder when stevia is mentioned. It is sold in many supermarkets as a liquid or white powder. Stevia is actually green in its natural unprocessed state and tastes just as sweet as the white powder.

 

 

 

 

We use stevia to sweeten drinks such as lemonade and tea. I use it for cooking also, just remember it is not a cup for cup replacement! I have used stevia in some of my tooth powder recipes, it adds sweetness and also may offer some protective benefits to teeth. My kids love stevia! They will pick a leaf right off the the plant. Sometimes along with a mint leaf or two and then they have a green chewing “gum”! They also enjoy making teas with the fresh leaves.

Stevia can be used fresh off the plant or dried for long term use.  It can also be made into a syrup or liquid.

To make a liquid sweetener with stevia leaves, all you need is dried leaves and water.
Pour 1 quart of boiling water over 1 Tbsp of dried leaves and allow to infuse. Strain and discard (compost) leaves. Refrigerate and use within a few days. The liquid can also be frozen in ice cube trays for long term storage.

To make a simple syrup, you will need 1/4 cup of fresh leaves, 1 cup warm water and 1 tsp. vitamin C powder (optional). Pour the warm water over the crushed stevia leaves. Let set for 24 hours, strain and then refrigerate. The vitamin C acts as a preservative.

Studies have shown that stevia may be safe for diabetics and may also be helpful in lowering blood pressure. Please make sure to check with your health care provider prior to making any dietary changes.
 
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