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Google Doodle honoring Ekeblad, the potato flour inventor!

11 July 2017, 12:43 | Virginia Benson

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

Eva Ekeblad Google dedicates doodle to celebrate her 293rd birthday

A Swedish scientist who discovered how to make alcohol from potatoes has been honoured with a Google doodle.

Her work with potatoes also found application in cosmetics, where she was able to replace risky ingredients in beauty products with potato flour.

Ekeblad was born on July 10 in 1724 in the Sweedish capital Stockholm. She's not a household name unfortunately but she was the first to make flour and alcohol out of potatoes.

After the death of her husband Count Claes Claesson Ekeblad in 1771, Ekeblad retired to her countryside estates. Today the company is honoring Eva Ekeblad, a Swedish agronomist. Yup, vodka exists thanks to her.

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 had come to know that Germany used the legume to produce alcoholic drinks. Ekeblad conducted experiments and brought potato flour to Europe during Sweden's food crises. This important change in lifestyle reduced the frequency of famines in the Scandinavian country.

The search engine giant commemorated plant scientist Ekeblad's "ingenuity and scientific achievements".

Ekeblad's discoveries came at a time when Sweden had a shortage of cereals. In 1746, she understood that these vegetables could be cooked, dried and crushed to create a kind of flour fit for consumption by humans.

She died on the 15th of May in 1786 in Lidkoping in Sweden. In 1748, Ekeblad became the first woman elected to Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - it would be more than 200 years before the next one was elected.

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