Google Doodle honoured Eva Ekeblad - Who Made Alcohol With Potatoes

To mark the 293rd birth anniversary of Eva Ekeblad the giant search engine Google dedicated a special doodle for the Swedish plant scientist.

Operating from her kitchen, the countess quickly deduced that the foodstuff could be cooked, crushed and dried to make flour and therefore distilled to make clear spirits - a discovery that soon sparked a craze for potato-based vodka, and much drinking, across northern European.

The countess, who married her husband Claes Claesson Ekeblad at the age of 16 and became a mother of seven children, is considered a pioneer of her time.

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. Ekeblad's contribution made potatoes a staple food. In order, there was a point in alcohol ingesting in the Scandinavian country. And her discoveries were also used for making many other products like bread. It assists to decrease scarcity in Sweden since potatoes were use to create alcohol in its place of wheat, rye and barley.

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Here are some quick facts about Ekeblad, who became the first woman elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748.

Ekeblad was a scientist whose innovation through research in taking out starch from potatoes to make flour surfaced the way for vodka extraction which is a reason for festivity through Europe.

Ekeblad also discovered a way to bleach cotton textile and yarn with soap in 1751. However, there are no records of her participation in the meetings of the Academy.

Increasingly bedridden with ill health, Eva Ekeblad died at Mariedal in 1786, aged just 61, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy that has guided Western culinary customs ever since.

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