Today, Google celebrates the birthday of Eva Ekeblad, the Swedish agronomist who discovered how to make alcohol from potatoes.

If that’s not an excuse for a vodka party at the pub, we don’t know what is.

Before Eva’s discovery in 1746, potatoes were considered inedible by humans in Sweden and much of Europe.

Then, after growing her own potatoes she worked out how to extract starch from them, giving rise to the production of alcohols such as vodka, moonshine and potato wine. She also worked out how to create potato flour by cooking, crushing and drying the vegetable.

Eva would have been 293-years-old today and was the first female to be admitted to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

 

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So better get those back bars stocked and gather your punters for a toast.