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Used to add sweetness to food.

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IDcommon namefamilylatin namedatequantityactiondays to germpropagationdays to maturityhabitatsundrainagesoilinventorynotesnutrientsneedsuse
84Beet, SugarChenopodiaceaeBeta vulgaris (dg fo pf wp)2012-03-28 00:00:00148 each seeds in plant5800 eachThe leaves are excellent for eating. The long, white roots are very high in sugar. They are good for the table, boiled or baked and mashed, or they can be boiled down in water to make sugar. Or, you can munch them right in the garden, like the picture shows. Super duper sweet, no funny aftertaste, and quite buzzy. Yum!Food, Forage, Sweetening
236Grapes, frenchVitaceaeVitis vinifera (dg fo pf wp)18 eachFrom the Steinman Farm, Monroe, Michigan. Believed to be brought over from France by the Fix family, the original settlers.Food, Sweetening
5Century Plant; Chisos AgaveAgavaceaeAgave havardiana (dg fo pf wp)Sow seed just beneath surface of fast-draining soil and keep warm until germ. Germ easy and quick. Work up seedlings in successively larger pots. Plants do appreciate root constriction so start with small (2 inch) pots and transplant up only when the roots have fully filled that pot.As a landscape plant, Agave prefers full sun to light shade, fast-draining soil and scant water throughout the growing season.full sunwell drained20 eachHardiness: To -5 degrees F, but much more tolerant of dry cold than wet cold. For all practical purposes, a good outdoor plant for zone 7 and up, a good choice perhaps for a sheltered spot in Utah, a bad choice for the open garden in maritime Washington. Grows excellently in pots, long-lived and easily cared for, and thrives in our naturalized greenhouses in Southern Oregon.

Perennial succulent native to mid elevations of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. The plant makes a bold rosette of spiny-tipped, fat, leathery and succulent leaves, giving occasional rise to the 12 foot flowering spike garlanded with reddish-yellow flowers. The popular opinion that the plant blooms only once in a century and then dies is a bit of a myth (sorry about that).

Agave produces a sweet juice that can be concentrated into a superior sweetener, fermented to make an alcoholic beverage (e.d. tequila) and is also used as-is as an herbal medicine for treating irritable bowel syndrome, urinary problems, and menstrual woes. It is a superior medicinal agent.
Fuel, Sweetening
47LicoriceFabaceaeGlycyrrhiza glabra (dg fo pf wp)2012-04-01 00:00:0043 each seeds in plantScarify the seed and sow in spring or in the warm greenhouse. Thin or transplant seedlings to 2 to 3 feet apart.Plant prefers full sun and dry, alkaline soils. Once established, the plants shoot up like a young willow thicket, setting erect lilac flowers that give way to the smooth pods. This is a great crop for people in Arizona, or at elevation in California, or any other place where the weather is clear, high and hot.full sunwell drained0 eachHerbaceous perennial native to the Mediterranean and to Russia. True, sweet variety. The root is a fine-flavored demulcent and expectorant. Licorice provides essential herbal treatment for chronic fatigue, adrenal exhaustion or gastric ulcer.

The part used is the stoloniferous root, which can be harvested after 2 or 3 years of growth.

A note on Licorice: The water extract (tea or decoction) extracts the desirable secondary constituents and leaves behind the bitter tannins. Direct alcoholic extraction (in the usual manner, alcohol on top of ground roots) produces an unsatisfactory result. Better to decoct the licorice first, strain and reduce the decoction by 50%, then preserve back with enough alcohol to result in a finished alcohol content of 20% (AA). This makes an excellent product that is preserved against deterioration.

Extended intake of licorice can result in sodium retension, so the dosage and length of therapy should be appropriately modulated.
NitrogenSweetening
53Mint, MayanVerbenaceaeLippia dulcis (dg fo pf wp)2013-04-19 00:00:0096 each seeds in plantSow seed in flats in the early spring and work up the plants to transplantability, then transplant. Plant prefers full sun to part shade. Sow in spring.Protect from frost. We find that the plant prefers fast-draining but nutrient rich soils and drapes admirably over rock walls or other garden features. It will send out runners and root in, but it is severely effected by frost so for most gardeners in the temperate north invasiveness remains more of a goal than a problem.sun or partial shadewell drainedrich50 eachPerennial creeping plant with very showy purple leaves and upright cone-like flowers. Does well in pots. The taste is somewhat like stevia, but with aromatic overtones and no stevia aftertaste. This is a pre-sweetened tea herb, and it is really handsome in the garden, as well.Ornamental, Sweetening
68Stevia; Yerba Dulce; Sweet HerbAsteraceaeStevia rebaudiana (dg fo pf wp)7Heat-dependent germinator does best if sown just under the surface, tamped well, kept evenly moist and in direct sun or under lights or in a greenhouse with temperatures from 80 to 85 degrees F. Germination in 1 to 2 weeks. Protect from slugs, which like the sweetness about as well as any other beast. Prick seedlings into gallon pots or transplant out to garden at about 1 foot spacing in the temperate north and about 2 foot spacing in warmer zones.Plants thrive in rich garden soil, and also they do very well in pots. Tend to get a bit leggy so cut them back to encourage lower branch growth. Plants prefer full sun to part shade and humidity, and plenty of water.sun or partial shademoistrich25 eachTender herbaceous perennial in the temperate north and evergreen subshrub in warmer climates (zone 9 and up). May be effectively grown as an annual. Native to Paraguay and Brazil.

The dried leaf is used for sweetening drinks and is purportedly 250 times sweeter than sugar.

Medicinally, stevia is used as a flavoring agent, a wound healer, a treatment for hypoglycemia, and a digestive aid.
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