Homegrown Sweetener – Growing and propagating Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is the new trendy sweetener (sugar substitute) made from a real plant. In the US, the plant is not approved for food use, however the plant is approved for use in many countries around the world.  What is approved in the US (and the mechanism patented) is the extract of the sweetener.  … Read more

Growing monster delicious Asian Cucumbers – Tien Chin Long

The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is originally from South Asia, so these seeds are actually kind of “bringing it home”. I picked these up in the local Chinese grocery store, while looking for some melon/cucumber-like plants that we saw planted all over Chinatown in Chicago.  This did not turn out to be them, but are working … Read more