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The Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant was discovered more than 1,500 years ago by the native Guarani people,  growing in clumps of two or three along the edges of the rainforests of Paraguay. In the beginning, the natives used the leaves for their medicinal benefit, to freshen their breath and to sweeten and mellow the strong taste of herbal yerba maté tea. For more information on the stevia plant, including scientific research and health benefits, visit Stevia University.
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stevia history

1500's

Guarani Indians

1500's

Guarani Indians

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1515

Spanish Conquistadors

1515

Spanish Conquistadors

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1887

Dr. Moisés Bertoni

1887

Dr. Moisés Bertoni

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1900

Dr. Ovidio Rebaudi

1900

Dr. Ovidio Rebaudi

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1931

Sweet Compounds

1931

Sweet Compounds

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1941

Sugarcane

1941

Sugarcane

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1970

Cultivating in Japan

1970

Cultivating in Japan

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1982

Father of Stevia

1982

Father of Stevia

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1985

Publicizing Stevia

1985

Publicizing Stevia

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1991

FDA

1991

FDA Ban

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1993

Mr. May's Washington Meeting

1993

Mr. May's Washington Meeting

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1994

DSHEA

1994

Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

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1995

FDA Approval

1995

FDA allows stevia to be sold as a dietary supplement

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2003

Book Published

2003

Book Published

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2008

GRAS

2008

GRAS

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2009

No Questions

2009

"No Questions"

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2010

Award-Winning Year

2010

Stevia Awards

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2010

Award-Winning Year

2010

Phoenix College Hall of Fame

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2010

Award-Winning Year

2010

Honored in Latin America

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Global Stevia Products Award

Award-Winning Year

2010

Global Stevia Products Award

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2010

Award-Winning Year

2010

Foodie Award

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2010

Award-Winning Year

2010

National Restaurant Association Winner

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2011

Visionary Award

2011

Visionary Award

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2011

More Awards

2011

More Awards

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2012

Award-Winning Year

2012

Award-Winning Year

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2013

President of Paraguay and the Paraguayan Chamber of Stevia, CAPASTE

2013

President of Paraguay and the Paraguayan Chamber of Stevia, CAPASTE

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2013

Award-Winning Year

2013

NutrAward Finalist

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2013

Award-Winning Year

2013

World Stevia Award

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2013

Award-Winning Year

2013

Grocery Headquarters Awards

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2013

Award-Winning Year

2013

Carol May Awards

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2014

Award-Winning Year

2014

Lifetime Achievement Award

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