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Species

  • Wormwood
    Plant used for centuries as a repellent for moths, insecticide in general and as tea or spray to repel slugs and snails.
  • Wormwood "Powis Castle"
    It is a hybrid between artemisia absinthium and artemisia aborescens.
  • Common Rosemary
    Great to pread in barbecues on the embers of burning coal, perfuming the meat and spread a pleasant odor in the environment.
  • Creeping Rosemary
    Few people know the variety of creeping rosemary which is grown as an ornamental plant.
  • Lavender
    Highly cultivated for the extraction of essential oil and widely used in perfumery and hygiene products.
  • Lavender 'allardi'
    This plant comes from the intersection of lavandula dentata with lavandula angustifolia.
  • Fringed Lavender
    They are produced in an industrial scale for obtaining the essential oil for the manufacture of cosmetics, perfumes, pharmaceuticals, etc ,.
  • Sea Thrift
    It's a hardy and long-lasting plant with beautiful pink flowers.
  • Aloe vera
    Aloe Vera has been used as a medicinal plant since ancient civilizations.
  • Calendula
    Also known as pot marigold, it is an excellent natural insecticide.

  • The word camomile comes from the Greek term chamaimelon, which means "creeping apple.
  • Indian Cress
    Indian Cress is an edible plant, rich in vitamin C.
  • Wild Teasel
    Its inflorescences were used to card the wool, hence its name.
  • Lemon Balm
    Widely used to ensure a good night's sleep.
  • Mexican Marigold
    This is edible flower.
    It can be used in the preparation of various salads and dishes.
  • Echinacea
    It is able to increase the responsiveness of the immune system.
  • Echinacea angustifolia
    Echinacea acts as a natural antibiotic.

    It is widely used today in traditional medicine.
  • Lemon Grass
    Plant whose popularity in Portugal earned a gold stars to two Portuguese brands in the international competition "Great Taste Awards".
  • Curry Plant
    The essential oil of curry plant is very rare and precious, the most powerful and well-known anti hematona.
  • Tarragon
    Is a very typical seasoning in French cuisine.
  • Fennel
    This plant is spontaneous in the Azores and Madeira.
  • St. John's Wort
    It is perhaps the only Portuguese plant with the name of a region.
  • Hyssop
    Plant with the most varied medicional uses.
  • Hart's pennyroyal
    Especially popular in Algarve, where it is used as an aromatic herb to flavor the stews.
  • Water mint
    Have a strong and minty taste and exudes an intense perfume.
  • Pineapple mint
    With a slight scent of pineapple, it is great to use in salads, fruit salads and juices.
  • Chocolate mint
    Sweet and refreshing aroma that seems like the popular chocolate, "After Eight".
  • Orange mint
    It has a flavor that mixes candied orange with lavender.
  • Peppermint
    Very used in the manufacture of chewing gums and toothpastes.
  • Spearmint
    One of its most popular uses is as a medicinal plant.
  • Swedish Ivy
    The most cultivated variety of this plant is Plectranthus forsteri marginatus, whose name comes from its attractive green foliage with white margins.
  • Swedish Ivy
    Perennial plant that releases a pleasant and intense aroma.
  • Lavandin
    It has one of the strongest fragrances among the lavenders.
  • Lemon verbana
    One of the most popular plants used in teas in Portugal, earned gold stars to two Portuguese brands in the international competition "Great Taste Awards".
  • Bay laurel
    Symbol of nobility and immortality, the extremities of laurel have therapeutic properties.
  • Basil
    Used in traditional Margherita pizza and as a basic ingredient of Genoese pesto.
  • Basil
    Used in cooking gives a special touch to the dishes because its leaves have a beautiful coloration.
  • Marjoram
    It offers sweet flavors of citrus and pine.
  • Myrtus
    Its leaves have a scent similar to that of orange leaves.
  • Oregano
    Rich in Vitamine C and essential oils.
  • Globe Amaranth
    The flowers of this plant are conseideres an excellent expectorant.
  • Helichrysum Stoechas
    It is often found on uncultivated land, dry/sandy and on roadside.
  • Pennyroyal
    One of the best known species of the genus Mentha. Its essential oil is poisonous and is particularly dangerous for pregnant women.
  • French lavender
    The most popular product of this plant is honey, there are several regions of Portugal experts in french lavender honey production.
  • Elderberry
    Elderberry is a medicinal plant widely used to treat colds or flu.
  • Pineapple sage
    Presents hairy stems , tubular red flowers and a unique aroma of pineapple.
  • Sage
    The word salvia is derived from the Latin salvere, which means "to be in good health".
  • Winter Savory
    It combines perfectly with all legumes.
  • Stevia
    It's dry leaf is 10 times sweeter thane cane sugar and much healthier.
  • Mastic thyme
    Also known as pure salt, is widely used in cooking as a substitute for salt.
  • Common thyme
    Used as a spice and as a medicinal herb, it is grown for thousands of years.
  • Orange thyme
    Plant with a pleasant citrus aroma, similar to orange.
  • Citrus thyme
    It has a delicious lemon scent.
  • Broadleaved thyme
    It has extremely aromatic leaves and beautiful pink and lilac flowers.
  • Creeping Thyme
    Very used and known in regions near water.

Stevia

Stevia rebaudiana

It belongs to the asteraceae and chrysanthemums family.
 
Small shrub and with an impressive ability to sweeten.

From the leaves of this shrub it is possible to extract a white powder that is 300 times sweeter than cane sugar.

The leaves of this plant have a refreshing taste and do not contain calories, do not alter the blood sugar level and do not cause diabetes.

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Cultivation

It is difficult to grow it by sowing, because even if the seeds germinate, stevioside levels (white powder, essence of its leaves) can vary greatly in plants grown from seeds.

The ideal is to cultivate it from the staking process, whose source is high in "stevioside".
 
It is important to keep in mind that young stevia plants are especially sensitive to low temperatures and therefore must be transplanted in the garden when there is no danger of frost.

History

Stevia is an ancient plant, originally from Paraguay and Brazil, used as a natural sweetener for centuries.

Widely used by the Guarani Indians for almost 1500 years. They used the plant as a sweetener, which they called "kaa he he" (sweet herb).

Utilization

You can use stevia in the following ways:

- Freshly grinded leaves: Sprinkle the grinded leaves over the food, as if you were using another seasoning. Add them during cooking or when the food is still hot, as the sweet taste is released more easily when
the plant is heated.

They can be used in barbecue sauces, sweet and sour sauce, soups, beans, pizza, apple sauce, breads, cookie dough, salads, etc.

- As sugar / sweetener: dry the leaves (12 hours in the sun), then in a mortar crush them until making a powder and use in cooking as if was sugar / sweetener.

Stevia was considered safe for human consumption through rigorous research, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Joint Expert Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO / WHO) in food additives, recognize it as safe.

More than 200 large studies were conducted on it, attesting to its safety in food.

The European Union has approved the use of a sweetener from stevia. Code E960 and / or the designation of steviol glycosides shall identify this additive on food packaging. This sweetener is naturally occurring,

with 40 to 300 times the sweetening power of sucrose, not synthetic, as opposed to clicamic acid, aspartame or saccharin.
However, this does not mean that it can be used indiscriminately.

The Daily Dose (ADI) was set by the European Food Safety Authority at 4 mg / kg body weight.

In medical terms, it is considered as hypoglycemic, hypotensive, diuretic, cardiotonic and tonic.

Its leaves are used in cases of diabetes, obsolescence, dental caries, hypertension, depression, sugar dependence and infections.

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