Stevia is a humble plant that has been used
for centuries, like many other herbs, to flavor food and to enhance
natural well being. One of only a handful of books dedicated to Stevia,
Mr. Richard's book has been expanded to include valuable growing
instructions garnered from those pioneering with this new herb.
The original issue of this book appeared in 1996 when
Stevia was still quite controversial and relatively new to the United
States. The current issue of the book encourages the use of the whole leaf and
the 20 plus recipes have been adapted to reflect greater use of the fresh
and dried herb. Stevia Rebaudiana: Nature's Sweet Secret is a small
book chock full of information that should not be missed by those just
starting to explore this herb. With such a new plant, there are always so
many questions that the questions and answer section at the back of the
book is particularly helpful.
Among the recipes,
you will find not only an interesting idea for a facial masque (in the
chapter titled 'How to Use Stevia'), but also an intriguing recipe for
tooth powder located in the main recipe chapter.