Stevia is a green sweet herbal plant native to South America. The plant looks a little like mint and its leaves have been used in South America for centuries. Stevia belongs to the family of sunflowers and its leaves are naturally sweet. In fact, the indigenous people used to chew the leaves for their sweet taste and used them to sweeten their drinks naturally.
Stevia extract is about 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, which means that you only need a tiny bit at a time to sweeten your morning coffee or baked goods.
So..how does stevia taste like?
The taste of stevia varies from person to person. Overall, when compared to sugar, it takes longer for the “sweetness” to kick in. But most say that the sweet flavor lasts longer.
Depending on the stevia brand and your tastebuds, you might also taste some bitterness, metallic aftertaste and liquorice or minty note.
Stevia is becoming a popular alternative to other sweeteners, both natural, like sugar or honey, and artificial ones. What makes people opt for stevia sweetener?
Three main reasons for choosing stevia are: