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100-year-old Antarctic fruitcake found in '(almost) edible' condition

11 August 2017, 07:26 | Melissa Porter

100-year-old Antarctic fruitcake looks (almost) edible

Hundred-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctic hut

And just such a cake has been found in Cape Adare, East Antarctica, by the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is proving just how eternal fruitcake can be with the unveiling of a 100-year-old specimen found in a building at Cape Adare, a peninsula in Antarctica. Around 1,500 artifacts have been recovered since last July. Conservationists recently discovered a 106-year-old fruitcake and its perfectly fresh and edible! "It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favorite item on modern trips to the Ice".

"The cake probably dates to the Cape Adare-based Northern Party of Scott's Terra Nova expedition.as it has been documented that Scott took this particular brand of cake with him at that time", the Trust said. The cake is stayed in "excellent condition". "It looks like new, which is quite fantastic, it doesn't quite smell new, it smells a little bit of rancid butter, but it looks attractive", she said.

The extreme cold climate may have helped in preservation of the fruitcake.

Lizzie Meeks, the trust's artefacts manager, said the cake was found among a stock of food supplies abandoned by... It was found in one of the oldest huts in Antarctica. They were built by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink's expedition in 1899 and later used by Scott's party in 1911.

An official working the Trust said though the tin box in which the cake was found was rusty, but the cake itself was "fresh and edible".

Scott's famous Antarctic expedition was both scientific and powered by a desire to be the first person to reach the South Pole.

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