I bought a few plants and have just harvested my first batch. If you chew on a leaf you are amazed at how sweet it is.
I am a sugar addict and the thought of having a replacement that is healthy was very exciting to me.
I dried the leaves and ground them very fine and thought I would try it in my beloved iced tea.
OMG was it nasty! It had the same after taste that all artificial sweeteners have though not quite as bad. I was very disappointed.
If anyone has any suggestions please reply. I also have a question about baking with Stevia. Since 1 t = 1 c of sugar would I have to alter my recipes to account for that 1 c of extra bulk that will be missing? Or would it be better to make a liquid with the Stevia and use that as part of the liquid in the recipe?
Edited by CoM, 11 July 2009 - 04:47 PM.