Google Doodle honours Swedish scientist Eva Ekeblad who made alcohol from potatoes

Google's Doodle honours Swedish scientist Eva Ekeblad's work with potatoes

Eva Ekeblad, Who Made Alcohol With Potatoes, Honoured With Google Doodle

Today the company is honoring Eva Ekeblad, a Swedish agronomist.

She made a significant discovery of how to make flour and produce alcohols like vodka, potato wine and moonshine using potatoes.

Potatoes were introduced into Sweden in 1658 but were not a staple food and in fact during that time there was a food shortage going on in Sweden. The spud was first believed to be inedible for humans and they were fed to animals. The plant scientist Eva was popularly known for discovering potatoes also found that flour and alcohol can be made from it. She discovered to make flour and alcohols from potatoes.

It is claimed that Ekeblad learned that potatoes were being used in Germany to create alcoholic drinks. To do this, peel the potatoes, boil them until soft and then mash them. In addition to conducting her own research, Ekeblad was the mother of seven children and tended the family's estates. But back in 18th-century Sweden, the humble root vegetable was a rarity, grown only by the aristocratic upper classes and not available to the common people. So, many individuals are honored by Google through Google Doodle post. Since the supply of wheat, rye and barley were less, potato flour could be used instead.

Rather than being an idle experiment by a louche aristo looking for ever stronger hooch however, her work and discoveries had an immediate and practical use.

Her discoveries resulted in her admittance to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748, aged just 24, the first woman to join.

Here, we explain why the search engine giant has celebrated Eva Ekeblad on Monday July 10 2017 for her "ingenuity and scientific achievements".

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