Varieties of Stevia

Stevia comes in many forms. Make your choice based on the amount of sweetness you want (white extract powders are the sweetest) and how well a particular recipe or beverage will be complemented by the licorice-like flavor of less-refined forms. Tip; You can’t replace sugar or honey on a cup-for-cup basis with stevia — the herb is much sweeter.

Fresh Stevia Leaves
This form of stevia is the herb in its most natural, unrefined state. A leaf picked from a stevia plant and chewed will impart an extremely sweet taste sensation reminiscent of licorice that lasts for quite a while.

For stevia to have a more practical application as a tea or sweetener, the leaves must be dried or put through an extraction process, which makes the sweet taste even more potent.

Dried Leaves
For more of the flavor and sweet constituents of the stevia leaf to be released, drying and crushing is necessary. A dried leaf is considerably sweeter than a fresh one, and is the form of stevia used in brewing herbal tea.

Dried stevia leaf may come in bulk or packaged like tea bags. You can also get it finely powdered. It has a greenish color and can be used in a wide variety of foods and beverages, including coffee, applesauce and hot cereals. You also can use it to make an herbal tea blend. Its distinctive flavor is reminiscent of licorice, which will blend very well with different aromatic spices, such as cinnamon and ginger.

Stevia Extracts
The form in which stevia is primarily used as a sweetener in Japan is that of a white powdered extract. In this form it is approximately 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar (by weight).

This white powder is an extract of the sweet glycosides (natural sweetening agents) in the stevia leaf.

Not all stevia extract powders are the same. The taste, sweetness and cost of the various white stevia powders will likely depend on their degree of refinement and the quality of the stevia plant used. You may find that some powders have more of an aftertaste.

Since extracted stevia powder is so intensely sweet, we recommend that it be used by the pinch (or drop if diluted in water). Once mixed, this solution should be stored in the refrigerator.

Liquid Concentrates
These come in several forms. There’s a syrupy black liquid (that results from boiling the leaves in water), which can enhance the flavor of many foods. Another type is made by steeping stevia leaves in distilled water or a mix of water and grain alcohol. You can also find a liquid made from the white powder concentrate mixed with water, and preserved with grapefruit seed extract.

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Sukhjinder Sandhu March 12, 2014 at 10:00 am


I am a Stevia Dry Leaves supplier. Let me know if any one is interested.



Bianca Ober March 15, 2014 at 6:32 am

First of all I would like to know if diabetics can use stevia as a sweetener if so
I am interésted in using stevia for baking which kind do You recomend..?


Anton April 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hi,yes I am interestig,please offer me your price.


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Narayanaswamy JANARTHANAN October 20, 2013 at 7:34 am

An eye opener for the farmers interested in Organic Farming.
Warm regards.
Narayanaswamy JANARTHANAN
Agro-culture Social Educator


Élida August 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

O adoçante stevia é o mais indicado pelos profissionais da saúde . Parabéns pelo site,
tem muito conteúdo sobre a stevia.
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Howard Blight July 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Hullo. I am a farmer in South Africa as well as planting Macs and Avos in Mozambique. I am interested in growing stevia commercially and would like to import the correct cultivar/s from the outset. please pu me in touch with the right people.

Rgds Howard Blight


JP September 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Living seeds in the Vaal. You can get all the info on their website


ravikant tripathi April 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Dear Sir,
i have 5 acres land in U.P east district sultanpur and i am interested for undergoing stevia cultivation

plz, tell me the business model which we could adopt having the max. returns

i could also give my land for the later commercial purchase or at some fixed guranted return with the terms and condition being contracted in the very beginning.Guide me if you had some calculation done on expenditures and the fixed returns and the rate on which we would sell the deliverables and in what form (like dried leaves,powder,extacts etc.)

Thanks and regards


nassar December 8, 2012 at 3:23 am

i wanna the product name of stevia in the supermarket or the drug stores, plz help, alli ound on the internet has addditives or inylin


JAWIDA BOUZRARA October 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

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Mohamed Negm May 9, 2013 at 2:38 am

نعم يمكن استزراعها بتونس ,,, ولقد نجحنا في زراعتها بمصر منذ 1999

د محمد نجم
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Fabien Gahungu September 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I am interested by stevia plant,
let me know its ecology and batanic


ara sollo May 29, 2012 at 2:15 am

Please Someone tell Stevia manufacturing company that they are not telling the people the right information.
All Stevia products have DEXTROSE. And this is what they are selling to us. Dextrose is as sweet as sugar, it is a Glucose.
And it is true that Stevia is sweet but not to sweeten a cup of coffe unless you put a quarter of cup of dryed stevia. It will be like a soup, too thick.
It is not practical to dry it and use it. I have a Rebaudiana plant, i dryed it and got sweeter. Now the Question is. How much of the dryed leaves or crushed leaves shall i put in a cup of coffe or tea.? The answer will be,” a handful of leaves.
If you use the stevia from the market, remember it has a Dextrose.
Splenda, Has DXTROSE
Sweet n low, HAS DEXTROSE


katcha bilek June 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

don’t be silly.
try this:


Don August 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

You haven’t looked enough. I use a stevia that does not contain Dextrose. Look at Sweet Leaf Stevia.


matt February 18, 2013 at 11:41 pm

try divas masas brand. no aftertaste of bitterness.
no glycerine added
no alcohol added


Haleena N. January 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Not all Stevia contains added sugars or sweeteners. Look at this:
It’s PURE stevia extract!


Dr dilip jadhao October 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

It is not like that.
There are several companies which are using erythritol along with stevia extract (reb A) has very less calorie and having no side effect.


Christos Papadopoulos April 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Our company is trying to find some new varieties on exclusive bases , starting with tests in some important areas in Greece


Bipul D. April 21, 2012 at 6:55 am



Sanjiv March 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

What do you mean by “type of element” ? Will you please explain.


Nicole April 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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Pramod March 21, 2014 at 6:11 am


Please send me detail of your Stevia that you can supply.


Jacob Mugambi February 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

Am from kenya and stevia is currently being grown in some parts of the country.We lack information on the same especially as regards to marketing .


Jacob Mugambi February 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

Am from kenya and stevia is currently being grown in some parts of the country.We lack information on the same.


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IDee December 12, 2011 at 2:41 am

I have used stevia for several years in 3 forms: powdered natural leaves, liquid extract and processed powder with fos added. I quit using the last form after reading that “processed” stevia is no better for you than processed sugar. I made the liquid extract from the powdered natural leaves for convenience. To save money, I now grow stevia, dry the leaves and crush them to make the extract for myself. I have asked several chefs and home economists about stevia over the years about using it for canning. One was able to tell me it is not a preservative and therefore cannot replace sugar for canning purposes. But, I would not hesitate to us it in small batches of freezer jams. I’ve put it in wine that is too dry for my taste and anything else that is not sweet enough for my liking. I am not diabetic, but know so many who are that now I wonder how I ever cooked without it! The main things to remember are that (1) stevia is NOT sugar, so don’t expect it to taste like sugar – it has its own taste, and (2) it is many times sweeter than sugar, so start off with one little drop and test it carefully until you find the right amount for your liking and you will give yourself a much better opportunity to enjoying the benefits of using it.


Adrian January 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Can you please contact myself. I am also not a diabetic, but I am interested in using Stevia. I am new to all these and would like some guidance as how to grow them and use them. I am interested in reducing or eliminating natural sugar from my diet.



macharia October 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

anybody interested in stevia as a project inbox me.


daniel January 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

hello macharia am interested in knowing about getting seedlings of stevia and its ready market.
regards daniel


JACINTA February 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

hi macharia, need to know more on stevia, where to buy and if it can do well in Ruiru


Maina February 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

Hi Macharia
am interested in stevia farming, I need more information on the same in regard to seedling and market, I have small farm in Naivasha, you can get me on 0722-765850



matt February 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm

see our site. you can link to history, about, how our plants are grown and not sprayed. good luck


matt February 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm

divas masas


Amanda Nel October 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

How safe is Stevia for Candidiase sufferers?


b.l.h. December 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

My nutritionists said it is the only ‘sweetener’ she would recommend using for a Candida sufferer. She added that any form of sugar feeds the illness and artificial sweeteners are poisons.


Justin KABERA September 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

I am really interested by stevia plant, because the diabetic cases in my country is serious problem of health. How can get the samples for growing in Rwanda?
Kind regards


Amit kumar singh September 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Dear Sir
*Subject: – Stevia plant for sale*
We take pleasure in introducing ourselves as pioneers in Stevia (the only anti diabetic sweetener) in India. As you would be aware that Stevia is now poised to become single largest zero calorie sweeter in the world.
Dear sir, we have nursery of Stevia plant on commercialize basis in Gujrat & Madhya Pradesh & ready for supplying the plant. We have capacity of 1.2 cr. plant right now.
Sir the rate of Stevia plant is Rs.1.50 & it would be up & down as per order quantity.
Sir, we are looking a company for supplying the plant so that we would able to make a strong channel partner. If you have any kind of query or order for sale of Stevia then please let me inform me I will make arrangement of plant at your lead time.
Any kind attention on this offer is highly respected.
We hope a positive response on our offer looking forward for long term association with you.
Thanking You,
Amit Kumar Singh
Manager – Operations
(Sparsh Herbal Pvt. Ltd.)
Phone no: – 09044691079


BM Singh June 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

We the Gram Seva Trust, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh have substantial knowledge and experience in NGO Consultancy, SHGs, Farmers Clubs, Co-operative formation and networking.

We are interested in Stevia cultivation in Madhya Pradesh. Under our Gram Seva Trust. Because we have 49 Farmers clubs and 39 SHGs. Please provide us complete details about associating with you as a partner or if you have any Buy Back Agreement type Arrangement. Please let us know.

Thanking you

Awaiting the favor of your prompt attention…


(Brij Mohan Singh)
Project & Correspondence Office :
Pataleshwar, Ward No. – 03, Distt. – Chhindwara,
Pin – 481 0001, Madhya Pradesh ( India )
Mob. No. +91- 9654944190


Irambona May 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

hey Justin,
my company grow stevia now in Rwanda. Our office is at kacyiru, Kubaho Plaza building 2nd floor.


Patty July 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I grow my own stevia. I simply steep the leaves in boiling hot water for a few minutes. I then strain the liquid and put the “syrup” in the ‘frig to use with my tea. I’be found that I can re-steep the leaves a few times with added cold water which also can be saved for “syrup”.
In canning, sugar is often used as a preservative. Stevia will not serve this purpose. I would guess it will not do much to keep texture or color in fruits as sugar does. I do a lot of canning and freezing. I do not use stevia for either.
I do not like it in coffee!


HILLMAN October 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

It is great in iced tea.
TIP: Always be careful not to buy the liquid Stevia from a manufacturer that uses sugar alcohols in it. . . sugar alcohols are not good for you.

I have heard that Stevia should not be used in baked goods, I wonder if that is true AND why it would be true.


Sally July 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I would like to use stevia leaves when making iced tea. What is the best way to do this? add the whole leaves to the tea & boiling water or dry the leaves, crush them then add to the brewed tea? Thanks in advance for advice.


Debbie October 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

We grow stevia and use it to sweeten almost everything. It is very easy to grow ,dry and process. Even a container gardner could keep a few plants.


Sandy June 22, 2011 at 2:49 am

Has anyone canned with stevia


HILLMAN October 2, 2011 at 12:56 am

It’s fine used in preserves and guilt-free too. I also make my own quick jam with it (using the Bullet blender).


Debbie October 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

It works fine in freezer jam recipes. I use homemade green stevia powder in my freezer jam.


kato edward March 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

send literature on how to process the stevia leaves to make a drink sweetner to substitute cane sugar.


Kucharski Eva March 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

Ich kenne Stevia nicht, aber möchte ich es ausprobieren. Ob ich bei Ihnen kostenlose Probe bekommen kann?
Eva Kucharski
Marienwall 31d
32423 Minden
lg aus Minden
Eva Kucharski



M October 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

pisz po polsku a nie po szwabsku


John David March 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Fortunately you do NOT add erythritol (a polyol) sweetener to your products. I was the first person to put info on the Internet that Erythritol
bothered my eyes (Aspartame & Sucralose do same). I get pains in the eyes within minutes if a product has Erythritol added to it.
Google Erythritol dangers or side effects and see for yourselves. Many people are reporting the same effect and other more
severe side effects. Although Erythritol may not be listed on the label, many stevia sweetented foods, beverages or snacks contain


HILLMAN October 2, 2011 at 12:58 am

That’s quite a surprise! And I’ve never heard of someones eyes hurting from an ingredient. I buy mine only at the healthfood store and make sure it says pure Stevia, no additives. But thank you for the tip. . .


David Newby February 27, 2011 at 5:05 am

What I am finding at the stores has detrose. Are your products free from sugars.


matt February 18, 2013 at 11:44 pm

see our site and about our stevia. divas masas


Michelle Miller February 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

What kind of stevia powder do you use in your chocolate chip recipe? All stevia is not equivalent! Please advise.


HILLMAN October 2, 2011 at 12:59 am

I use the pure dried leaf Stevia in my baking….


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