- April 8, 2008 at 4:41 am #246530
Free Stevita stevia sweetner
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stevia (pronounce “st?v?a”) ?
Among the many plants of the Compositae family, the Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni is the only one that produces intensively sweet tasting active substances called “steviosides”.
The Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni is a perennial plant that can reach 4 ft tall and is native of the highlands of central southeast South America covering portions of Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
For centuries the Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni has been used by the local natives and first settlers of the area, as a traditional medicine for diabetics and also as a source of sweetener for their drinks and teas.
Stevia Production around the World
The stevia plant currently is commercially cultivated primarily in Brazil, Paraguay, Japan and China. China is by far the biggest crude and refined extract exporter to the US market.
The stevia extracted with chemicals have an aftertaste and sometimes bitterness. Some of the stevia coming from Asia have a aftertaste and bitterness because of the use of chemicals in the extraction.
Stevita stevia is extracted by a natural water extraction process which leaves all the purity of the sweet substances intact and at the same time provides a very clean, clear and intensive sweet taste to the final extract.
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