Growing and Using Stevia

Grow the Sweet Herb at Home!



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Maryville, Missouri — Stevia rebaudiana is a natural, low-glycemic, low-calorie alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Grow this amazing sweet leaf in your own garden, and then use your homegrown stevia in recipes!


Growing and Using Stevia is the complete home stevia guide from garden to table, with chapters about propagating, growing, harvesting, and processing stevia, indoors and out. This book also tells how to use homegrown Green Stevia Powder or Stevia Leaf Water Extract in 35 recipes developed in the Lucke and Goettemoeller kitchens. This step-by-step how-to manual is illustrated with 33 grayscale photos.


Learn how to:

  • Start stevia from seeds, cuttings, or transplants.
  • Grow stevia in your garden or in containers.
  • Harvest leaves and make your own green powder or liquid stevia extract.
  • Use homegrown green stevia in pies, frozen desserts, herb tea, smoothies, and more!


Authors Jeffrey Goettemoeller and Karen Lucke are siblings who grew up gardening and enjoying wholesome home cooking. Karen is now a nutritionist and reflexologist. Jeffrey is the author of Stevia Sweet Recipes: Sugarfree—Naturally!, with over 300,000 copies in print. He also majored in horticulture at Northwest Missouri State University and completed a published research study on the production of Stevia rebaudiana seeds.


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Growing and Using Stevia: The Sweet Leaf from Garden to Table with 35 Recipes

by Jeffrey Goettemoeller and Karen Lucke. 2008, 6 x 9, 88 pages, 33 illustrations, perfect binding.  

ISBN 978-0-9786293-3-5.  LCCN 2008925032.  $10.00, retail.




Table of Contents from "Growing and Using Stevia"


List of Figures



1. About the Stevia Plant

Plant Description

Day Length

Stevia in the Wild

2. Outdoor Soil and Culture

Garden Soil



Timing for Transplanting

Plant Care

3. Houseplants

Overwintering Outdoor Plants

Watering Houseplants

Potting up Houseplants

Fertilizing Houseplants

Lighting for Houseplants

4. Propagation by Cuttings

Making Cuttings

Caring for Cuttings

Outdoor Propagation from Cuttings

5. Propagation from Seed

Shopping List for Seed Starting

Directions for Seed Starting

6. Harvest and Storage

7. Processing Stevia Leaves

Stevia Leaf Water Extract

Green Stevia Powder

8. Stevia in the Kitchen

9. Recipes

Appendix: Stevia Sources and Resources


General Index

Recipe Index



Recipes in “Growing & Using Stevia”


All these sugar-free recipes use green stevia from your garden or your natural food store.

  • Simple Stevia Tea
  • Hot Tea, Green
  • Blueberry Grape Syrup
  • Puffy Oven Pancakes
  • Spiced Oat, Nut, and Fruit Granola
  • Gluten-Free Granola
  • Breakfast Oatmeal 
  • Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal 
  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Vanilla Nut ‘Ice Cream’ 
  • Orange Stevia Soda
  • Chocolate Milk Shake 
  • Peach Smoothie
  • Strawberry Soup 
  • Strawberry Smoothie
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies 
  • Lime Pie
  • Rhubarb Strawberry Pie 
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Carob Silk Pie 
  • Coconut Whipped Cream 
  • Lemon Chiffon Topping 
  • Baked Custard
  • Pumpkin Custard 
  • Grape Kiwi Salad 
  • Pineapple Berry Gelatin 
  • Sweet ‘n Spicy Meatballs 
  • Savory Spaghetti Sauce
  • Special Garlic Toast
  • Herb Dumplings for Stew 
  • Salt-Free Herbal Seasoning 
  • Creamy Herb Salad Dressing 
  • Sunflower Oat Rolls
  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Rice Tomato Soup 



Photos in “Growing & Using Stevia”


0-1. Branched Stevia sprig

0-2. Stevia plant sprig

0-3. Stevia Leaf

0-4. Stevia blossoms

2-1. Raised growing beds

2-2. Young plant ready to transplant 

2-3. Raised beds with Stevia plants 

2-4. Raised bed with shade cover 

2-5. Mulched plants with drip hose

2-6. Pruned stevia plant

2-7. Horizontal stem with vertical side branches

2-8. Mature Stevia plant

3-1. Large potted plant

3-2. Newly dug plants

3-3. Young houseplant

3-4. Overwintering plants indoors

3-5. Potted plant in the spring

4-1. Stem cutting

4-2. Newly planted cuttings

4-3. Rooted cuttings

5-1. Stevia seeds with penny 

5-2. Recycled clamshell fl at

5-3. Newly planted cell packs

5-4. Young seedlings

5-5. Cell packs under fl uorescent light

5-6. Young Stevia plant from seed

5-7. Stevia seedlings in cell packs

6-1. Sprig with blossom buds

6-2. Dried leaves on stems

6-3. Drying Stevia leaves on a rack

8-1. Dried Stevia leaves