Finding the greatest Sugar substitution
For people who want to live a healthy life without cut down the sweetness in coffee or food. Here comes the solution, making your own stevia plant.
How to Grow:
Stevia plants does best in semi-humid locations with acidic, well-draining soil. Space plantings 8 to 10 inches apart in a location where they will receive full sun. Stevia grows best when soil pH ranges from 6.7 to 7.2.
The solution is to grow stevia as an annual, or overwinter the plant indoors.
Harvesting Stevia Leaves
At the end of September or beginning of October, harvest the entire plant once flower buds have appeared but before they’ve opened. Ideally, harvest in the morning when the plant is at its highest sugar content. Also, be sure to harvest before many flowers ( four to five buds) have opened.
Making your stevia plants into powder:
Wash the branches/leaves in clean filter water. Pick leaves off stevia plant, discard the stems, and dry the leaves for 12 hours in the sun. Once your leaves are dry, grind them in a food processor or coffee grinder to make pure stevia. I find that a coffee grinder makes for the finest powder and works very nicely.