Title Info
Common name Candyleaf, sweet leaf of Paraguay, honeyleaf, or Stevia
Scientific name Stevia rebaudiana
Taxonomic group Asteraceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants; Industrial products
Food plants Other
Keywords Compositae

Stevia. The leaves of this plant are incredibly sweet--much sweeter than sugar. Stevioside, a chemical that makes up 6-18% of the leaf, is thought by some to be 100 times sweeter than a 10% solution of sucrose. This chemical also appears to have utility in bringing down high blood pressure. Stevia appears to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Extracts of the plant have been sold as food additives in Brazil and Japan. Originally from Paraguay.