I saw these two videos (#1 and #2) on YouTube recently, and while I don't know these women or if what they are saying is true, it made a little sense. Not just about why is Stevia white in our little packets, but why so many of our foods are bleached and processed chemically. That has been in the back of my mind for a bit, so that is why I shelled out the big bucks for my little plant. But no matter how you get it, remember there is no Splenda or Aspartame plant!
Now I just have to figure out how to use it! Any of you growing your own Stevia? I would love (no make the LOVE) to hear about it. I googled it a bit and it seems it needs to mature some for the leaves to be sweeter. I am going to transplant it into a big pot, but I'm renting right now and don't want to put it in the ground.
It sounds like I have two options for use: 1. let the leaves air dry for 24 hours and then grind them up into a powder or 2. just boil the leaves with my tea water. #2 Will only work when sweetening something that needs heated I guess, but that works for me anyways.
My heirloom tomatoes, mint, basil and cilantro are coming along great. I don't usually eat tomatoes on this diet, but I'll eat these! Really looking forward to Tomato/Basil/Mozzarella stacks soon. The jalapeños are coming much slower this year though. There is a plum tree in our backyard spilling over right now too. I think I'll round them up and give to friends what the kids and Husband don't eat.
Ever since I started reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle book we head out to the local Farmer's Market every Sunday morning. I am trying to eat more consciously and did I mention the Husband has decided to eat a Vegan Diet? Oy vay already. The kids hate the Farmers Market... I mean really hate it. First I would promise pastries or ice cream afterwards, but it just seemed to make it worse. There is a "Balloon Guy" there who wants $3 to make a balloon snake and my 5 year old turns all James Gadolfini on me when I say No every time we go. We have the regular stalls we hit up for all the green organic veggies and eggplant, cool mushroom varieties, French sausage and this week I even bought my eggs there.
To find a Farmers Market in your area, check Local Harvest. I am so lucky that there are multiple markets here open year round. What are you all growing and buying and loving this summer?