from the south american indians to European tableS

Stevia, or ka'a he'ê, is a natural sweetener which originates from South and Central America where the Indians have been appreciating and using it for many centuries. One of their uses for it is to sweeten their bitter Mate drink.

It is assumed that Stevia was used more than 1500 years ago by the Guarani people and that this substance was particularly widespread in Brazil and Paraguay where it was used to sweeten medicine and tea-type drinks – and as a type of sweet. More recently Stevia was first mentioned when the Swiss botanist and scientist Moisés Santiago Bertoni described the plants and their taste in his records from Paraguay.
In Japan efforts to cultivate Stevia as an alternative to sugar were started in the seventies. Today Stevia accounts for over 40% of total Japanese consumption of sweeteners, including sugar. This makes Japan the country where use of Stevia is most widespread.

In Denmark Original Chia ApS imports Stevia from South American manufacturers and sells it in the form of 100% pure liquid Stevia and in a crystallised Stevia/sugar mixture. Go to “100% Stevia” and “Stevia sugar” to find out more about these two products.

In the EU Stevia is licensed as a foodstuff under the new Food Regulation. Click here to view the licence.