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- n. A sweet herb, of genus Stevia, native to Paraguay
- n. A sweetener extracted from this plant that can be substituted for sugar is some uses. Much sweeter than an equal amount of sugar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of composite plants, of the tribe Eupatoriaceæ and subtribe Agerateæ.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any plant of the genus Stevia or the closely related genus Piqueria having glutinous foliage and white or purplish flowers; Central and South America
- n. any plant of the genus Piqueria or the closely related genus Stevia
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The sweetener called stevia, which is increasingly being used, comes from a shrub found in Paraguay, South America.
"I had no idea what it was," Fukushima — who at the time was chef de cuisine at Jose Andres' cutting edge minibar restaurant — said of finding what turned out to be the herb known as stevia.
And the leaves of a South American plant commonly known as stevia, Stevia rebaudiana, have been used for centuries in its homeland to sweeten maté tea.
Using egg whites and the natural sugar alternative known as stevia, I was able to bake up cakes with the proper taste.
In consumer communications, all sweet extracts should be referred to as stevia, rather than the numerous scientific names (such as rebaudioside, reb A, steviol glycosides).
"It's hard to know whether stevia is safe or not, as research is minimal," says Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University, who argues that it may be a stretch to call stevia products "natural".
Last year, technological improvements to an all-natural zero-calorie sweetener derived from a plant called stevia allowed Pepsi to devise several fast-growing brands, including Trop50, a variation on its Tropicana orange juice that has half the calories of the breakfast standby.
It's called stevia, and since the Food and Drug Administration gave it its official blessing in December, some in the beverage industry have been hailing it as the Holy Grail of sweeteners.
I like the "bite" and I think the stevia is a nice touch to the flavor.
Indigenous peoples in South America use a herb called stevia, which contains chemicals that taste sweet but aren't metabolised in the human gut.