Sugar cane is hard to grow even in those climates it does. And if you aren’t in a tropical area where the rain and soil content are conducive to sugar cane, there isn’t anything you can do to get that sweet taste of sunshine.

Save that you get a Stevia plant. Yes, stevia is a natural sweetener that can be grown in other climates than tropical and you can do it in your own backyard farm! To get a head start looking for one that is further into its seedling stage at your local nursery. You can try to grow one in your seedling process, but that can take longer than you need it to.

Each year (usually in the fall) you can keep it blooming by cutting back the plant stems leaving 4 inches and snip the leave off as close to the stem as possible

Once you have harvested the leaves, place them on a screen and put them in full fledged sunlight for 12 hours. The faster they dry the sweeter they will be. When they are completely dry, crush them into powder, using a blender and store that powder in an air tight container.

You can add the crushed leave straight as a sweetener, or as a liquid. To make the liquid sweetener, mix ¼ cup of crushed leaves to one and a half cups of warm water. Let it sit at room temperature for 18 to 24 hours and then strain out the leaf remnants and refrigerate.

Generally speaking 6 large leaves powderized is a substitute for a ½ cup of sugar for baking or cooking purposes and 1 teaspoon of Stevia is equal to 1 cup of sugar. 2 drops of the liquid stevia is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar as a starting out point for you.

Natural Sweeteners at it’s best!