Stevioside is widely used in the DPRK.
The stevia which belongs to a stevia kind of the aster family is a high-yielding natural sweetening plant of good species with a very high content and good quality of sweetening.
The stevioside is renowned as a famous sugary material that is not harmful to but protects health in many ways even after its prolonged use, because it is not glucose but saponin with the most similar one to sugar taste among plant sweetenings.
The stevioside with 300 times of the sweetness of sugar and 0.005 the calorie of sugar is used in foodstuff, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
The Pyongyang Stevia Processing Factory produces powdered stevioside by an industrial method and local industry factories produce stevia sugar juice to use it as raw materials.