Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Google Doodle Celebrates Eva Ekeblad, The Woman Who Made Vodka Possible

Google's Doodle honours Swedish scientist Eva Ekeblad's work with potatoes Eva Ekeblad, Who Made Alcohol With Potatoes, Honoured With Google Doodle
Garry Little | 11 July, 2017, 00:47

Her father was a count and her mother was an amateur politician. Ekeblad's scientific work helped to prevent starvation in Sweden in the following years. The image honors Eva Ekeblad, a scientist to whom we we owe many potato-based innovations.

The root vegetable was then a considerable novelty in Sweden having only been introduced to society in 1658. In turn, there was a spike in alcohol consumption in the Scandinavian country. The possibility of its use in brandy production had been raised in parliament in 1741 but how precisely this tantalising prospect might be attained remained unknown.

Her work to bring potatoes out of the greenhouses to the masses is why Google honored Ekeblad with a Doodle. The next woman was elected in 1951. Earlier, alcohol products, especially Vodka, was made only from wheat, rye and barley. She was credited for helping reduce starvation globally because of her findings.

In 2015 it elected its first female president, the esteemed organic chemist Professor Christina Moberg.

The search engine giant commemorated plant scientist Ekeblad's "ingenuity and scientific achievements". She also discovered a method of bleaching cotton textile with soap and replaced some unsafe ingredients in cosmetics with potato flour.

As her husband was a member of the 'Riksr├ąd' or Privy Council and frequently absent, Eva was tasked with managing three estates; her husband's manor at Stola and two of her own, the castles of Mariedal and Lindholmen.

She returned to Stockholm in 1778, when she witnessed the birth of the future King Gustav IV Adolf.

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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