Category Archives: Condiment

Stevia Flavors

Stevia is a plant that is well known for the natural sweetness of its leaves. It is often used as a substitute for sugar in anything that requires sugar since the extract can have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar and does not have the negative effects sugar has – fewer calories and is more healthy!

This natural sugar alternative is becoming more and more popular, and you can even find bags of stevia in some supermarkets. You can also find Liquid Stevia drops that you can purchase. While Stevia is very good in its own natural state, you can find a variety of flavors to choose from. Here’s a listing of some of the different varieties available:

liquid-stevia-dropsLiquid Stevia Flavors

  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Berry
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Apricot Nextar
  • English Toffee
  • Grape
  • Hazelnut
  • Lemon Drop
  • Root Beer
  • Vanilla Cream
  • Valencia Orange

Sweetleaf Sweet Drops Flavors

  • Berry
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Coconut
  • Cola
  • Cinnamon
  • Grape
  • Lemon Drop
  • Hazelnut
  • Apricot Nectar
  • English Toffee
  • Peppermint
  • Root Beer
  • Valencia Orange
  • Watermelon
  • Vanilla Creme

Stevia Facts

  • Also goes b the names: sweetleaf and sugar leaf
  • Natual Sweetner
  • Plant is native to Mexico, South America, and Central America
  • Few calories

How to Grow Stevia

Many gardners will tell you the best way to grow stevia is to purchase the plant already grown – you can purchase young stevia plants from nurseries. Typically nurseries will only stock them at the appropriate time in the spring.

You can also purchase stevia seeds from many online seed or gardner stores. Many people claim that stevia is notoriously difficult to grow from seed as germination is slow and sporadic and the plants are very sensitive. The important thing is to find a seed supply store with quality stevia seeds. The seeds will be very tiny.

Seeds should be sprinkled on top of moist soil with a thin layer of soil on top. Since the seeds are so finicky, it is recommended to grow them in a controlled environment vs. out in the open ground. Many gardners recommend starting them under grow lights to get the best result. After approximately 10 – 14 days, the seeds will germinate – they will be very tiny. You’ll want to keep them moist, however not too moist, as these tiny seedlings can be easily dampened out.

Good luck!

Ketchup Flavors

ketchupTraditionally ketchup is made from one flavor ingredient and that is tomatoes. Tomatoes have been the classic ingredient for the beloved condiment since even the 1800’s when Mr. Heinz introduced his famous ketchup recipe. Since then Heinz has perfected his company into a worldwide brand expanding and pushing the flavor boundaries of the condiment world. Today much research from the original Mr. Heinz ketchup has gone into “hybrid” tomatoes that are more resistant to disease and that carry more flavor.

So what happens if you are looking for a different taste to the Old Ketchup recipe? Well you might be in luck! Here are a few different varieties and flavors that you might find available at your local grocery store the next time you are shopping for the picnic or holiday weekend; all varieties of ketchup listed are from Heinz and is not intended to be a comprehensive list.

Ketchup Flavor List
Heinz® Ketchup Blended With Balsamic Vinegar
Heinz® Reduced Sugar Ketchup
Heinz® No Salt Tomato Ketchup
Heinz® Hot & Spicy Ketchup
Heinz® Organic Ketchup
Ref: Heinz Ketchup Official site