Stevia – as a natural sweetener & therapeutic agent




Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni – a perennial semi-shrub plant species belonging to the genus Stevia, classified in Asteraceae family, has its origin from South America. The plant is well-known for its leaves to be rich in natural sweet compounds steviol glycosides, which are 300 times sweeter than table sugar. Thousand years ago, Paraguay natives and Brazilians extensively used the leaves of this small herbaceous plant to sweeten their bitter drinks, tea and medicines. Gurani Indians of South

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Stevia cultivation starts in Punjab




STAFF REPORT RWP: Agricultural experts have successfully cultivated stevia (sugar) plant in 12 districts of Punjab, which will lead to its cultivation on commercial basis.
Stevia Project Director Hafiz M Akram stated this while speaking at the Stevia Kissan Mela at a forest training school in Murree.
Akram said the experimental phase of stevia plant had been successfully completed in 12 districts of Punjab and now they were planning for its commercialisation.
"Stevia is a

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Stevia – as a natural sweetener and therapeutic agent




Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni – a perennial semi-shrub plant species belonging to the genus Stevia, classified in Asteraceae family, has its origin from South America. The plant is well-known for its leaves to be rich in natural sweet compounds steviol glycosides, which are 300 times sweeter than table sugar. Thousand years ago, Paraguay natives and Brazilians extensively used the leaves of this small herbaceous plant to sweeten their bitter drinks, tea and medicines. Gurani Indians of South

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Stevia-a magical sweetener plant




Stevia is a plant that is native to South America. It is most likely to be the best source of natural sweeteners. Stevia rebaudiana L. is shrub like perennial plant that grows up to 1 m tall and leaves length varies from 2-3 cm which is used as sweetener. It belongs to a family which is indigenous to the northern regions of South America named "Asteraceae". Wild growing form of stevia is still found in the uplands of Amambay and Lguacu districts (Brazil and Paraguay Border Area

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