Murder on the Orient Express Tidbit #7 Mineral Water

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Murder on the Orient Express Tidbit #7 Mineral Water

Unread postby nebraska » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:55 pm

"Monsieur demanded a small bottle of Perrier." Murder on the Orient Express page 17

..."and then there's that bottle of mineral water -- and a queer sort of water, too. They didn't have any Evian or Vichy, which seems queer to me." Murder on the Orient Express page 37


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--Evian UK

The rising popularity of bottled water in recent years may make it seem like a modern phenomenon. However, water has been bottled in some form since the earliest civilizations. The bottling and commercialisation of natural mineral waters first began in Europe in the mid 16th century, with mineral water from Spa in Belgium, from Vichy in France, from Ferrarelle in Italy and Apollinaris in Germany. According to wikipedia, bottled mineral waters were sold as medicinal treatment in pharmacies until the 20th century. In 1767 the first commercially distributed water in American came from Jackson's Spa in Boston.

Mineral water is water from a mineral spring or well that contains various minerals, such as salts and sulfur compounds. Mineral water may be effervescent or "sparkling" due to contained gases. The water passes through layers of rock containing minerals, which may also contain carbonates that create a fizzy effect. It isn't known exactly when mineral water was discovered, but in 400 BC Hippocrates wrote about it in the book "Airs Waters and Places." Archaeological excavations show that Vichy was already a renowned spa during the Gallo-Roma era, some 2000 years ago. According to a legend, after crossing the Pyrenees, Hannibal, the famous general of the Carthaginian army, rested his troops and elephants at Les Bouillens in France - the location of the Perrier spring.

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-- Hot springs at Aachen, Germany, 1682 -- Jan Luyken or Cuyken (ungeklärt) - Scan einer Reproduktion eines Kupferstiches

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Europeans and Americans were interested in going to spas and undergoing "water therapy". The bottling and selling of mineral water became common due to the expense and difficulty of traveling to spas to bathe in mineral water or drink it directly from the source.

Drinking mineral water was believed to be an aid in the treatment of digestive disorders, gout, rheumatism, liver and kidney diseases, ulcers, and related illnesses. In addition, before the advent of chlorination of municipal water supplies, mineral water was believed to offer safety from water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid. Bathing in the water dilates the capillaries which leads to a great feeling of calm.

In Europe, mineral water was largely consumed by the wealthy until after World War II. (Mineral Water Market Loses Some Fizz) This may explain why mineral water was a common request on the Orient Express.

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--http://www.edwardianpromenade.com/downton-abbey/downton-abbeys-water-bottle/

Each mineral water source has its own history and each may make claims of having the best mineral water available. The Perrier company has been particularly adept at marketing, supporting sporting events and other healthy activities, linking itself to general well being and good health. This is one reason it is probably the most recognized brand of mineral water in the world. According to bartenders, customers will accept whatever mineral water is offered, but they ask for Perrier by name.

According to Wikipedia, today there are more than 4,000 brands of mineral water commercially available worldwide.

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http://www.nmw.co.rs/nmw/index_en.php?p ... nguage=eng
http://selzerwater.com/seltzer-water/fa ... ing-water/
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Murder on the Orient Express Tidbit #7 Mineral Water

Unread postby SnoopyDances » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:15 pm

Well now I'm thirsty! :cheers:

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Murder on the Orient Express Tidbit #7 Mineral Water

Unread postby fireflydances » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:41 pm

Have to admit, I like all kinds of water. I find the sparkling ones taste best with a full meal. Lately, I am drinking San Pellegrino for dinner, and usually Fiji Water for lunch and in between. I realize that Fiji isn't actually mineral water -- the company refers to their product as "natural artesian water (filtered by volcanic water). I have to admit it is a very smooth drink, no after taste. Waters that are more alkaline than acid really are smoother. We used to drink the cheapest we could find -- two daughters in their twenties drink A LOT of water! But this past summer my youngest, who works at a gourmet grocery store where the employees get to taste stuff all the time, came home with stories of water so smooth it would glide down your throat -- you could guzzle a bottle just like the big boys do. I tried and I fell. At least they are healthy.

Anyway, now I know much more about these springs that have been around forever. Good tidbit!
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Murder on the Orient Express Tidbit #7 Mineral Water

Unread postby nebraska » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:47 am

I live in a rural area with a well for our water supply. The well is spring-fed, and I guess you could say I have mineral water in my tap. There is a lot of limestone in my area and there is a lot of mineral content in my water. When we moved here 25 years or so ago, from a house that had a municipal water supply, I was surprised to find I had to decrease the amount of shampoo, detergent, etc. that I used because the water here created lots of suds and was difficult to rinse completely. I expected the water to be harder than the hard water I was used to dealing with. But at the same time the water here has softer water qualities, it also leaves mineral deposits everywhere -- around the faucets, in the shower, etc. I have to add a good amount of white vinegar to the rinse cycle in my dishwasher or the dishes come out with a chalky film on everything. I buy filtered water in town for the coffee pot and electric kettle and anything else where I don't want a limey ring. Everything else has to be scrubbed with vinegar on a regular basis.


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