Jeffrey Goettemoeller: Publisher, Author, and Horticulturalist
Jeffrey Goettemoeller is a plant scientist and herbalist with a special interest in stevia. His stevia journey began with a research project at Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Alex Ching asked Jeffrey to investigate an herb from South America. The result was a research paper, Seed Germination in Stevia Rebaudiana, published in Perspectives on New Crops and New Uses, ASHS Press. This launched Jeffrey into a career researching, writing, and publishing on the topic of stevia. His first book, Stevia Sweet Recipes, now has 300,000+ copies in print. He went on to write a book for gardeners that includes 35 recipes using homegrown stevia. That book is entitled Growing and Using Stevia. His latest book is for farmers and researchers, entitled Growing Stevia for Market. Mr. Goettemoeller continues to grow, learn, and write about the amazing sweet herb from his home in Maryville, Missouri.
Prairie Oak Publishing
Jeffrey founded Prairie Oak Publishing in 2006 for the purpose of publishing his own books and books from other authors such as Barbara Barker, Karen Lucke, Adrian Goettemoeller, and Constance Malewski. Using Print on Demand technology, we supply our books to seed companies, libraries, wholesalers, and individuals.
My Sweet Life With Stevia
By Jeffrey Goettemoeller
Stevia rebaudiana, the “sweet leaf” of South America, ranks among the world’s most important botanical discoveries. Stevia extract is over 200 times sweeter than sugar! Stevia, though, is non-glycemic (no blood sugar swings), virtually calorie-free, and does not cause cavities. Indeed, it is the natural alternative for diabetics or anyone wanting a healthy diet.
White sugar and flour enter the blood stream quickly, taxing the pancreas. Consumption of refined food can lead to obesity and related health problems. In addition, sugar can damage teeth, which stevia does not. In fact, a Purdue University study showed it inhibits cavity-causing bacteria.
Artificial sweeteners also have drawbacks. Aspartame should not be heated and it has been a major cause of health related complaints to the FDA. Stevia products, on the other hand, have not prompted reports of health problems despite extensive use since the 1970’s in countries such as Japan.
How did stevia enter my life? I cut back sugar when I grew tired of visits to the dentist. I’ve always enjoyed growing plants, so I decided to make it my career. While I was pursuing a horticulture degree at Northwest Missouri State University, Dr. Alex Ching asked me to do a research project on stevia seed production. I began to recognize stevia’s incredible potential. A link to my research along with articles, photos, and recipes are on my web site. After years of research, I now have stevia seeds for sale so you can grow it too!
It’s fun for children (and us big kids) to pick a leaf and enjoy stevia’s surprising sweetness right in the garden. You can also dry the leaves for storage. Dry leaves are great for tea or toss them in a blender to make Green Stevia Powder, usable in the recipes you’ll find in my book, Growing and Using Stevia: The Sweet Leaf from Garden to Table with 35 Recipes.
How did I come to write stevia books? My mother, Bertha, is a home economist and loves to develop recipes. We teamed up to write one of the first comprehensive stevia recipe books, Stevia Sweet Recipes: Sugar-Free–Naturally! This book is available on my web site or at health food stores around the U.S., Germany, and Australia, in Spanish, German, and English. There are over 300,000 copies in print.
I’ve had a blast growing and using stevia, and now you too have the inside track on this botanical miracle.