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Indoor strains and how to replace sugar in tea

They say this plant is 2.000 times sweeter than sugar. Are there any strains which can be grown at home/indoor (and preferably without a growbox)? Also, how many grammes of this fruit does one need to replace 2 spoons of sugar? I mean my cup of tea.

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    Hi Sergey

    Good luck with your research, looks like an interesting plant – not for the fainthearted though, they are huge plants, probably not suitable for indoors growing. Have you seen this article on Wikipedia?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aril

    In the meantime, whilst finding out about this one, you could grow a Stevia plant or two – they are a bit more manageable! Here is a link to one of many UK online nurseries where you can buy a Stevia plant. This website also explains how to extract the Stevia to use it.
    http://homescentherbs.co.uk/acatalog/Stevia-rebaudiana-Sugar-Plant-Sweet-Herb-of-Paraguay.html

  2. Grower

    Sergey Larin

    Hello, Helene. You've got a beautiful photo.
    No, I have not read the Aril artcile. I saw some nutmegs there. What did you want to say?
    As to the Stevia plants. They seem to be an interesting solution, however they need at least 30 cm pots. With my flat's 0.5 m2 growbox it could be difficult to grow one, because it's already got basil and the laugh-provoking plants. I could grow a couple pots, though.
    So, the main question would be: How much Stevia do I need to grow to sweeten 4 big cups of tea per day? :-)
    Have a good day.

  3. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    I sent you the aril article because it is the arils of the Thaumatococcus daniellii that contains thaumatin, the highly sweet protein. You can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaumatococcus_daniellii

    As for stevia, you need to grow them outside when all risk of frost is over, they will not get enough light and heat as indoor plants. A sunny balcony is great as they can be grown in containers. Grow them until late autumn and dry the leaves for all year supply, depending on where you live and how cold your winters are, the plants may survive the winter.
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/herbs/stevia-plant-zm0z13fmzkin.aspx

    Please note, seeds and plants of Stevia sold in UK are sold only for ornamental use and not for human consumption. What you choose to do with the plants is of course up to you, but the law here in UK is different than in for example US and Canada and some other countries.

    Helene


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