Google doodle honours Swedish countess and agronomist,Eva Ekeblad

11 July, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Google Doodle Eva Ekeblad Potato Google

This Google Doodle honours Eva Ekeblad who discovered how potatoes could be used to make flour and alcohol Who was Eva Ekeblad?

Ekeblad was born on July 10 in 1724 in the Sweedish capital Stockholm.

Although the crop had been around for almost a century, it had only been grown in the greenhouses of the aristocracy in the Scandinavian country. She's not a household name unfortunately but she was the first to make flour and alcohol out of potatoes. This transformed the country's eating habits and staved off starvation. Before that, alcohol products, especially Vodka, was made only from wheat, rye and barley.

Thanks to Ekeblad, potatoes helped solve the food crisis in Sweden precipitated by the lack of cereals like barley and oats. "She was truly a pioneer - the next woman recognized in those ranks would come 203 years later", Google continued. She was a Swedish scientist well-known for learning that flour and alcohol can be prepared from potatoes.

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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.

She was the first woman to be inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for her discovery, in the year 1748. The doodle leads to a search for "Eva Ekeblad" and includes the usual sharing icon.

The doodle rejoicing Ekeblad's actions drops on what would have been her 293rd birthday.

In 1751 she found a way to make a form of flour from potatoes as well but rather than using it for gastronomy, she advocated its use as a replacement for more risky substances being used in cosmetics (usually poisonous heavy metals such as zinc and mercury).



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