Monday, August 25, 2008
11thHHMM: Stevia my sweet...
I bought another stevia plant.
I was very excited!
It rode home in the back of the truck.
When I went to take it out of the back...
I was very UNHAPPY.
The poor thing had windburned:(
Then I read a post about drying and grinding the leaves!
I cut off the burnt leaves...
And let them dry...
And got out my bullet and ground em up!
Then I went crazy... and cut back the stevia to dry out the top
(it really is too tall for my kitchen window now.)
Can you see its tiny new leaves? (look close:)
After it puts out more growth, I'll move it to the front porch.
I actually harvested Stevia! That makes me a 'herbalist'! Too cool!
It has put on new leaves, the 'top' has dried and is ready for grinding up. I think I will wait till I have more. I'm storing in a baby food jar.
Stevia facts: Stevia rebaudiana, sun, ht 12", dry foliage, grind into powder and use in place of refined sugar. 1 tsp=1 cup sugar (I find that it really likes the water!)
(Feel inspired? Check out other's at Jen's place! 11th Heaven's Homemaking Heaven)