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Stevia

Stevia

Stevia rebaudiana (100-120 days) Open-pollinated. As sweet as it gets, stevia is several hundred times sweeter than sugar, but without the calories. It is used fresh, dried, powdered or in a liquid as a sugar substitute. Stevia grows into a bushy 2' plant with serrated leaves and white flowers in late summer. Pinch it back for greater bushiness and higher yields. An erratic and finicky germinator, the seed needs light. Likes heat so should not be transplanted outdoors until nights stay above 50°. Work compost into well-drained soil or raised beds. Perennial in Zone 9, so treat as an annual or bring indoors in a container. Ironically, it retards plaque and inhibits tooth decay. Seed has short longevity; order only a 1-year supply. ~3,100 seeds/g.
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4684B: 0.04g for $7.00  
4684C: 0.2g for $30.00  
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Herbs

Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.

About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neandertals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.

Herb culture: To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.

Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year.

Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.

Chervil and Parsley are listed with the Greens.

Takinagawa Burdock and Resina Calendula, as well as oats, mammoth red clover and alfalfa in the Farm Seed section, also have medicinal uses. Medicinal herbs such as black cohosh and goldenseal are available as plants, and shipped with Trees in the spring.