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13
Sep 10

Luther Burbank – The Wizard of Plants

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What do McDonald’s french fries and Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” have in common? Right: The work of Luther Burbank

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

Luther Burbank


In the author’s preface of his book “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill mentions a list of 27 well known men. They had admitted that they had accumulated their vast fortunes by making use of “the Carnegie secret”. This secret had laid the groundwork for Napoleon Hill’s books “The Law of Success in 16 Lessons” and “Think and Grow Rich”

Portrait of Luther Burbank (1902)

Portrait of Luther Burbank (1902)

Among these men was Luther Burbank. His name is still well known and perhaps you have already had one of his creation for lunch. If you occasionally have french fries at a McDonald’s restaurant, chances are good that your fries were made from Russet Burbank potatoes, because a large percentage of McDonald’s french fries are made from this special large brown-skinned, white-fleshed variety.

Luther Burbank was an “American botanist, horticulturist and a pioneer in agricultural science” (Wikipedia). He was born on March 7, 1849 in Lancaster, Massachusetts and died on April 11, 1926 at the age of 77 in Santa Rosa, California.

Russet Burbank Potatoes

Russet Burbank Potatoes - A large percentage of McDonald's french fries are made from this variety.

Luther Burbank, also known as the “Wizard of Horticulture” and “Plant Wizard of California”, created hundreds of useful varieties of fruits, flowers, vegetables, grains and grasses. One of his most amazing creations was a spineless cactus, which is useful for cattle feed.

Luther Burbank and his spineless cactus

Luther Burbank and his spineless cactus

Even though he had only received an elementary education, a little above high school, Luther Burbank revolutionized agriculture and food production in the 19th and 20th century. His inspirational guide was Charles Darwin’s “The Variations of Animals and Plants under Domestication”.

Napoleon Hill: “Think and Grow Rich” – on the right you’ll get your free ebook copy with the full list of the 27 self-made millionaires, including Luther Burbank.
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