Stevia is a plant that is known as sweetleaf or honeyleaf due to its sweet taste. The plant is becoming known throughout the United States as a natural alternative to refined sugar. Derivatives of stevia can be found in the baking aisle of many grocery stores as a sugar substitute. But you don’t have to go to the grocery store to enjoy stevia as a sweetener in your drinks. Just a few years ago, you could not purchase the plant commercially in the United States. Now you can find seeds and plants in many garden centers alongside well-known herbs such as basil and thyme.
Locate your local garden center, herbalist or nursery through the phone book.
Call ahead to make sure that stevia plants are in stock. Due to the plant’s increasing popularity, stevia is as widely available as most other herbs.
Look through the herb transplants section of their store shelves for stevia. Stevia has large, pear-shaped leaves with serrated edges that look like large mint leaves. The plant resembles a shrub with its dense, compact shape.
Purchase the plant, and bring it home to enjoy.
Things You Will Need
- Phone book
- If you have trouble locating stevia in your local garden center, you can order the plant online from a garden center that specializes in stevia. Three of the oldest and most reliable stevia suppliers are The Herbal Advantage in Missouri, Richters herbs in Ontario, Canada, and the Well Sweep Herb Farm in New Jersey.