Stevia is a fairly unassuming perennial shrub of the Compositae family, native to the northern regions of Paraguay. During the warm times of the year, Stevia is easy to grow, I kind of forgot mine and still it hanged in there, and is now back to its former glory.
In parts of South America, it has been used for hundreds of years to safely sweeten and flavor beverages and as a digestive aid, and have also been applied topically to help wound healing. Europeans first learned of Stevia when the Spanish Conquistadors of the Sixteenth Century sent word to Spain that the natives of South America had used the plant to sweeten herbal tea since "ancient times".
Stevia is a remarkable plant, many times sweeter than sugar with virtually no calories, as a natural sweetener, it is used in whole leaf, liquid extract and powder form. “Whole leaf” stevia is simply the dried stevia leaf, which has been cut and sifted. Or if you have your own plant pick a fresh leaf and put in your tea. Another form of whole leaf stevia is in powder form where the dried leaf is simply powdered. In this way, Stevia can be used in baking and cooking. You can tell if Stevia powder is from unprocessed whole leaf Stevia if the color of the powder is dull green, if the powder is white like cane sugar, it has been processed.
Stevia has also been shown to have possible antimicrobial action, which is why it is now being used in toothpastes and mouthwashes. This may also be why a lowered incidence of colds and flu has been observed in stevia users.Only a small amount of Stevia is needed, using too much often leads to a bitter or astringent taste.
A lovely and decorative flower which comes in a range of colors, with the leaves being a great addition to any salad dish (the flowers are also edible but not as nutritious as the stems and leaves).
Purslane is often looked upon as weed, but has recently been found to contain alpha-linolenic acid, one of the highly sought-after Omega-3 fatty acids, usually found in fish oil, and if you are a vegetarian and want to avoid all forms of animal products, here is the answer!
This healthy dark green leafy vegetable is easily grown in your backyard. In addition it contains very high amounts of vitamin A and C, about as much iron as spinach, over four times the vitamin E of turnip leaves, and as mentioned above, double the omega-3s that kale has.
Purslane can either be used raw in salads or sauteed as a side dish. In addition to the crispy texture you would expect from a succulent, purslane also has an interesting peppery flavor.
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