Natural alternatives to refined cane sugar are a hot ticket these days, and one of the most respected is made from a leafy green South American bush called stevia. A few years back I grew a little stevia plant in my garden. The leaves were lovely sliced very thinly and thrown in fruit salads, on top of porridge or muesli and in spicy South East Asian salads in place of sugar. The winter cold got that poor plant, but I’ve always got a supply of stevia in the pantry. Early in its career, stevia was only really found in liquid or powder form, but the new Naturals range of natural stevia sweeteners includes crystals, so using it becomes much the same process as using sugar – fantastic news for keen bakers.
More sweet news: I’ve got three prize packs to give away, each including the full range of Naturals stevia as pictured here, plus a duo of lovely Bodum drinking glasses, delivered to your door. To enter, just pop over to Eats by Anna on Facebook, like the page, like the post on Naturals and you’re in the draw. The winner will be drawn this Friday, June 6 at 12pm. The competition is only open to those living in NZ.