STEVIA, KA'A HE'E, WILD SWEET HERB FROM SOUTH AMERICA - AN OVERVIEW

  • L. Giuffre Edafología, Facultad de Agronomía. UBA, Av. San Martín4453.1417 Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • R. Romaniuk Edafología, Facultad de Agronomía. UBA, Av. San Martín4453.1417 Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • E. Ciarlo Edafología, Facultad de Agronomía. UBA, Av. San Martín4453.1417 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abstract

The use of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, perennial indigenous native plant from the tropical region of South America is presented, with a brief outlook on the history and uses of the wild plant by Guarani Indians, the crop domestication, and the authorization of its use as a natural sweetener in food and beverages. Other aspects considered are natural glycosides and physicochemical properties for food processing, nutritional information, medicinal properties, Stevia market and household uses. The future of this plant is promising but more research is needed to ensure use of leaves and steviosides, and also to study cultivation practices in various regions of the world

Keywords: Stevia, Steviosides, Uses, Properties
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Giuffre, L., R. Romaniuk, and E. Ciarlo. “STEVIA, KA’A HE’E, WILD SWEET HERB FROM SOUTH AMERICA - AN OVERVIEW”. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, Vol. 25, no. 10, Nov. 2017, pp. 746-50, doi:https://doi.org/10.9755/ejfa.v25i10.16405. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.
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