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10/27/11 10:27 A

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hydroqueen,
I really don't know about it tasting like hay. My sister bought me a four oz (one cup, approx) bag of Dried stevia in a shop in philly. I don't remember to use it very often cause I have the drops that I'm in the habit of using. so what I did was mix it with my loose tea so when I make a cup it's already in it. I can't taste any hay flavor. but if I wanted to use it for my cereal or something mild, I'd probably use the powder or drops, cause that's easy to control.

With the loose tea, (could be added to the basket when making coffee as well) I started out adding a tsp to a tsp of tea in the bags I use to make loose tea (or loose in the tea pot)
that made it to sweet for my taste, so I add a half tsp of leaves to a tsp of tea. obviously this is a matter of personal preference, you'll just have to experiment. try that with any drink where you are making from a plant and need to brew it anyway. if you want to brew a liquid to add TO things, make enough for a couple days, figure that a half teaspoon of stevia leaves will make enough sweetness to equal one to two tsps of sugar. brew up a couple tablespoons full of the leaves in a half cup of water and take the resulting liquid a tsp at a time for whatever you want to add it to. if it tastes like hay in a particular application, either don't use it for that application, or add a flavoring agent.
I've had genuine green tea taste like hay to me. if it does, I add a mint tea bag with the tea when I brew it and have mint green tea, but chai would work nicely as well. imagine all the spices in chai and then put the (stevia sweetened tea in a pan a cook your breakfast cereal in that liquid. wow.
Hay flavor is beside the point since we do not eat stevia straight. I guess we couldn't make a simple syrup with stevia, but if we tried, it would still have to go into other things to sweeten them so it doesn't have much bearing on the use of it, afaik, anyway.

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10/19/11 1:11 P

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@Anewtatiana, thank you for that!

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10/18/11 2:10 P

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@Hydroqueen:
I've successfully propagated the stevia from plant cuttings. Just stuck the cuttings right next to the mother plant and kept it well-watered. A couple died, but most of them took.

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10/18/11 12:25 P

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@AnewTatiana, thank you for the response. I may try to transfer some to a pot and see if it survives. emoticon I think I'll split my little harvest up and do some experimenting. I'll dry some, work some up into a tincture and freeze the rest. There's bound to be a success in there somewhere. emoticon

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10/18/11 11:50 A

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@Hydroqueen: I don't know that all stevia tastes like hay. Mine does, but I've read on the internet that this isn't necessarily so for all plants. Perhaps there are different varieties?

As for annual or not, I continue growing it indoors during the winter, along with many of my other herbs.

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10/18/11 11:36 A

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Thank you! I planted a couple of stevia plants and really didn't think of doing anything other than drying it. This is my first year growing it. So, it tastes like hay if dried? Is stevia an annual?

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10/11/11 8:33 P

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This is all good info! Thanks!

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10/11/11 5:42 P

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BTW bruising or chopping the leaves before covering them with the vodka will help them release their active ingredient as well so I'd probably chop them somewhat.

second note. I've never used the fresh leaves this way, I'm going by how I make extracts of other herbs.

I HAD a plant which died of bug infestation about two months ago.
Before it got infested, I cut it back by half twice and dried the leaves and put them into the can where I keep the commercial dried stevia leaves that my sister bought me for my birthday a year ago or so. So, I've used the dried leaves but not the fresh. It grows pretty fast so I got two cuttings between June when I bought it at the farmer's market and August when it died. it got infested with a bug which made webs.

Edited by: KITTYF54 at: 10/11/2011 (18:06)
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10/11/11 5:14 P

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Great info! emoticon

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10/11/11 4:44 P

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I use the dried leaves as an addition to my loose teas, at the rate of about half a tsp per tsp of loose tea. I steep them together.

in regard to the suggested method of distilling the stevia leaves may I suggest you're going to end up with a tisane which cannot be stored more than a week in the fridge. Steeping Any herb in warm water, actually doesn't offer any protection against spoilage, so a week is probably optimistic.

If you want to store this long term, go to the liquor store, buy a bottle of distilled liquor of your choice, I prefer the flavorless sorts, vodka is what I'm using currently, but I've used everclear in the past. stuff the herb leaves into a jar where they are not to tight, and cover them with the liquor. Shake well, and store in a warm place, but not in sunlight. shake frequently, daily or several times a week. after a week, you can remove the leaves and replace with new ones to create a concentrate.

This concentrate can be bottled and used by the drop as desired. If you prefer not to use alcohol, you may use Glycerine but it may not extract as well. I've never extracted using Glycerine so I'm not able to tell you how well this would work. I have used Alcohol before but not for the stevia up to this point.

I believe if you extract from fresh leaves rather than from dry ones you may avoid the "hay" taste.



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Thanks so much! I'm the one who had trouble with the plant. I'm going to do this today. Hopefully this will help reduce the "hay" taste.

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10/10/11 10:52 P

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Thanks! I may have to get a plant.

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Stevia is an herb. it doesn't die if you remove leaves.

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I am wondering... when you take the leaves from the stevia plant does it continue to grow? Like herbs? Or does it kill the plant?

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10/10/11 1:07 P

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Thanks for sharing! Started some stevia from seeds this year, despite reading online that it's difficult to grow. It is growing, but slowly, slowly. Probably will have to bring it in for winter & hopefully harvest next year.

Appreciate the recipe!

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10/9/11 2:51 P

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thanks missed getting one this year too - got patchouli instead.. will get it next year

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10/9/11 2:47 P

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emoticon will try to get the plant next year and give this a try.

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Someone, somewhere had posted that they didn't know what to do with they stevia plant. Here's a method to make your own liquid stevia drops.

1) 1 cup warm water in a glass jar
2) add 1/4 cup ground stevia leaf powder (grind your dried leaves in a coffee grinder)
3) Let stand 24-48 hours
4) Strain through cheesecloth to remove sediment and leaves
5) for stronger liquid stevia repeat steps 2-4. (add the stevia to the SAME water not clean water)
6) refridgerate. Can put some in a 1 oz dropper bottle to take in your purse to use in coffee, etc.

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