Zero calories. Zero carbohydrates. Non-glycemic. An all natural sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Meet stevia.The wonderful stevia plant. You buy this sweetener typically in liquid form for a price. Or you can grow your own plants very cheaply. Then crush the leaves to sweeten your teas, coffee, sorbets, yogurts, salad dressings and fruit. Ideal for diabetics and dieters alike, it's not metabolized by the body. You can even substitute some of the sugar (not all) you use for baking. Stevia is a tender perennial herb that prefers USDA growing zones 9-11. But since we grow it here in Buffalo, NY...anything is possible. And it's thriving and happy as shown above. A little goes a long way. Just one plant yields approximately 1/2 pound of dried leaves. And stevia can be grown year-round in indoor pots. So even if you live in a cooler climate, you can do this too. Let's get growing!
How many unfinished projects do you have going on? My goal is to finish what I start, not taking on more than I can handle.
So it's back to the herbs I've been drying in brown paper bags. I'm way past my two week goal and they're ready to be stored. Even used!
There's no doubt fresh is best, but sometimes it's okay to dry them for future use and to save a few dollars.
Besides, who knows how long herbs and spices been sitting on the grocery store shelf?
You can also buy them from the dollar store, but then again, you get what you pay for.
Below I've outlined the best practices for storing herbs so that you can enjoy your garden a little longer.
And have you ever wondered what's the difference between herbs and spices?
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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