Stevia is a nutrient and sweetness rich herbaceous plant. It belongs to the Asteraceae (Compositae) family. Wildly growing around the rain-forests in Paraguay, Guarani people of Paraguay have been using this herb for more than 1500 years both for its sweet taste and other medicinal benefits.
Almost all the parts of the stevia plant taste intensely sweet. The sweetness is more concentrated in the leaves. The Guarani Indians of Paraguay have used its leaves to sweeten their drinks & foods and used in their traditional medicines. The leaves contain many nutrients and glycosides which contribute to the sweetness and the medicinal value. These steviol glycosides are 300 times sweeter than sucrose relatively.