Presenting an intriguing list: Top 25 facts about Eva Ekeblad! Did you know there are many uses for Vodka, aside from drinking it? Chances are you probably didn’t realize that. And, we bet you probably don’t know that Eva Ekeblad was the person behind the life-changing discovery!
Eva Ekeblad was a Swedish noblewoman, salon hostess, and agronomist. She is one of several Swedish scientists who changed the world. She discovered that not only could you make grain alcohol out of the starchy vegetable, but you could also make cosmetic products, and cereals, as well.
She was a pioneer in the scientific community, and she was also a supporter of the less fortunate and was said to be very close to the queen of Sweden. She was even offered a very high position in the royal court. She was a mother, a governess, a scientist, and an activist. So, as you sip your vodka tonic or vodka on the rocks, read all about this incredible woman. List25 proudly presents the top 25 facts about Eva Ekeblad.
Reinventing the Potato
Ekeblad was a scientist responsible for the discovery of making alcohol from potatoes, and as a result, we have what is known today as vodka. The process was also used to make flour and made the potatoes very popular.
The First Woman in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Because of her achievements, she became the first woman to be chosen to attend the academy. Sadly because the academy was mostly for men, Ekeblad was only an honorary member.
The Queen's Friend
Ekeblad was in fact very good friends with the Queen of Sweden. She was such a good friend in fact that the queen offered her the honored title of chief lady-in-waiting and royal governess to the Crown Prince. However, due to Ekeblad being very ill, she had to turn down both positions.
Alteration of the Textile Industry
Ekeblad discovered a way to bleach cotton textile and yarn. It was this process that was later used to make soap.
She married young
Ekeblad got married at the age of 16. Some say it was very common in those days to get married at a very young age. However, records say it was more common for women to get married in their 20’s.
She was a castle owner
Ekeblad not only got married at the age of 16, but she was also the owner of a castle. She was given ownership of Marital Castle and Lindholm Castle, Vastergortland by her father.
Her sister-in-law helped abolish with hunts
Ekeblad’s sister in law Charlotta helped put an end to women being forced to confess to being witches. Charlotte had heard that these women were being tortured into confession, and realized she had to do something.
She made shampoo out of potatoes
Yes, the potatoes were used to make alcohol, but they had another use, for hair. Ekeblad made soap out of the flower that grows out of potatoes.
She helped popularize the potato
Ekeblad apparently made so many uses of the potato that it became a staple in Europe. Before Ekeblad’s discoveries, people didn’t trust the potatoes despite its many nutritious contents.
She ran the estates for her husband
Her husband was constantly away on business. Ekeblad was responsible for taking care of three estates. It was actually common for women back then to have this responsibility. She also ran the estates for her son.
A Kind Authoritarian
She had a good amount of power back in the day. However, it is said that she never abused that power and was known to protect the lower class from the brutality of the government.
She came from nobility
She was a noblewoman in Sweden. Ekeblad’s father was a count who fought in wars and served in politics.
She had many children
She was married to the riksråd count Claes Claesson Ekeblad and had seven children, one son, and six daughters.
She was a salon hostess
Ekeblad’s salon was located in Stockholm and was known to be popularized by philosophers, and writers. Johan Helmich Roman, a musician performed his first concert there.
Reduced the Threat of Famine
She discovered that potatoes could be used to make wheat, flour, and barley. The people of Sweden at the time were only using them to make alcohol and then discarding them.
She revolutionized cosmetics
Women were using cosmetics even back then. However, they were deemed toxic and unsafe. Ekeblad made cosmetics out of the flower that grows on potatoes, and as a result, making it safer for women to use.
If Alive Today
If she were somehow alive today, Ekeblad would be 293 years old. We’re pretty sure that she wouldn’t want to do any vodka shots though.
Ran Her Son's Estate
Much like his father Claes Julius Ekeblad was constantly away from his home because of his job. Claes mother Eva Ekeblad took care of his estate in his absence.
A Young Discoverer
Ekeblad was only 22 years old when she made the discovery. You have to think about how incredible that is. We hope this list inspires other young inventors.
Small Pox Vaccine
Her sister-in-law Charlotta, not only helped to bring the awful Swedish witch trials to an end, but she also created a vaccine for smallpox.
Married a man twice her age
As previously stated Ekeblad got married at age 16. Her husband Claes Claesson Ekeblad, was 32 years old. Apparently, her family was not too bothered by this arrangement.
The Last Years
During the last 6 years of her life, Ekeblad lived in her castle. She was celebrated heavily until the day she died.
Even though she was an honorary member of the academy. There is no record anywhere of her ever having attended any meetings there.
Google Honored Her
On July 10th, 2019 Ekeblad was the most searched person on Google. Google honored her by spelling out Google in potatoes.
Hundreds of years after Ekeblad’s death, vodka is still being drunk today. Of course, there have been some modifications and nowadays people mix it with either juice or tonic water.