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Stevia is a relatively recent discovery in the US. The stevia plant is a naturally calorie & carbohydrate free candy-sweet green that has been enjoyed in South America for centuries. Today it is being used in several countries around the world (particularly Japan) as an alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Stevia has a slight herby-mint-shiso flavor and is significantly sweeter than sugar (stevia extracts can be up to 300 times sweeter), though not as sweet as dulce buttons.
Petite Stevia™ leaves can be used as a garnish (particularly for desserts), muddled into cocktails, or included as an ingredient in desserts and savory dishes.
These stevia leaves are referred to as a “petitegreen”. This means that they are somewhat older than a microgreen, making them larger and more impressive while offering fairly similar flavor and tenderness to a true microgreen.
Store petite stevia in your refrigerator in its plastic clamshell.
Petitegreens will stay fresh for 10-20 days depending on the variety.
RECIPES & TIPS
Stevia’s unusual sweetening properties make it an exciting green to experiment with in the kitchen. Try using it as a garnish for less-sweet desserts instead of the traditional mint leaf or muddling it into cocktails as a substitute for some of the simple syrup. It can also be used in a wide variety of desserts and entrees where a burst of sweetness would be welcome.
Stevia leaves can also be dried for use in tea blends. They’re traditionally used to add sweetness to yerba mate. If completely dried, the leaves can also be crumbled for use as an ingredient.