(40-120 days. Stevia rebaudiana) A wholesome alternative to processed sugar and chemically-derived artificial sweeteners, Stevia (sugarleaf) is becoming more and more popular among health-conscious individuals. 20 to 30 times sweeter than sugar cane, yet non-caloric and doesn’t promote tooth decay! Stevia is easy to use, too. Just drop a leaf into hot or cold drinks, or use it like a bay leaf to sweeten meat and vegetables dishes while they cook; it’s heat-stable! Grind the dried leaves and sprinkle them into cereals and other cold dishes as you would sugar. You can even extract the oil! Do not transplant outdoors until low temperatures are above 65°F. Bushy, high-yielding plants are dormant in winter, but grow back in spring. Harvest: Cut branches a few inches above the ground before leaves start narrowing and flowers form – in August or September. Hang to dry in a shaded area. When completely dry, strip off leaves and store in glass jars in a dark cupboard.