How is our Stevia planted and harvested prior to being converted to a liquid extract?
Harvesting of the stevia leaves begins in July through August of each year. The first stage during harvest is indoors, where mostly seeds are used to grow the plants, though some old shrubs that survived the previous year can be used. Lastly, all plants are moved and planted outdoors, until it is time to pick the leaves. The difference in our stevia is that we use certain parts of the leaves and not blend it with the shrub and other parts that give us that bitter taste. The structure of our part of the leave used is Stevia Rebaudiana A, the most sweet and least bitter.
Machines are not used to pick up the plants/leaves, it is simply picked by hand, once the plants are mature and ready to pick.
To water the plants, we use the atomization micro spray for watering the stevia plants. We use natural water from the wells underneath the land to water the plants, once grown outdoors.
Plants are then dried, since Stevia is actually sweeter once the leaves are dried, then it’s converted into a powder and or liquid form. We currently only offer a liquid form.
What type of fertilizer if any is used to keep bugs or bacteria away from the plant?
We do not use any fertilizer at all for our stevia plants. All of our plant is 100% natural and organic. Stevia as a shrub grows quickly and also has a natural protectant, from bugs or bacteria. Though nontoxic, stevia plants have been found to have insect-repelling tendencies. Their very sweetness, in fact, may be a kind of natural defense mechanism against aphids and other bugs that find it not to their taste. Perhaps that’s why crop-devouring grasshoppers have been reported to bypass stevia under cultivation.
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