Sweetleaf Stevia Plant (Stevia rebaudiana)
With more natural sweetness than sugar, Stevia is grown for its sweet leaves. This tropical herb was discovered in Paraguay where it has been used for centuries as a natural sweetener for yerba mate tea. Stevia is a healthy alternative to sugar or artificial sugar substitutes. This all-natural sweetener has zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index, so it’s a perfect solution for people on low-carbohydrate or low-sugar diets. Simply harvest the fresh leaves and steep in water for 30 minutes. The sweet liquid can be used to sweeten any beverage or food.