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August 9, 1924


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Santa Ana, Calif.

JAMA. 1924;83(6):459. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660060063030

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To the Editor:  —The Bureau of Plant Industry, Washington, D. C., has introduced into this country a recently exploited herb; its description is as follows:Kaa He-e, the "Sweet Herb" of Paraguay (Stevia rebaudiana) S. P. I. No. 53918. The leaves of this plant contain a glucosid whose sweetening power is 150 to 200 times that of cane sugar. It is claimed in Paraguay that the leaves may be used for sweetening in the natural state, drying and grinding only being required, or they may be soaked in water and the liquor used for sweetening preserves. It has been suggested that the Kaa He-e may prove valuable as a sweetening material which can be safely used by persons suffering from diabetes. The plant is propagated readily by means of cuttings and grows rapidly.A small specimen of this plant was supplied to me by the Orange County Agent, U. S.

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