Remember these little stevia plants? There were 15.
They grew into these stevia plants over the summer, tolerating the dry conditions we experienced very well.
According to this website I've been gleaning information from, stevia should be harvested after the nights turn quite cold, but before a frost (although covering them during a frost is okay). I was worried we wouldn't have them covered since our property often frosts when the local weather people predict it won't.
The stems of these plants were woody and I needed my pruning shears to cut them. I then tied them in bunches and we hung them in the barn where they will be protected from frost, but still experience the cold (which is supposed to help set the sweetness) while they dry.
Once the leaves have dried, we'll move on to the next step of preparing the stevia leaves for use as a sugar substitute. Stay tuned!
Does anyone local have a coffee or herb grinder I can borrow?