Almost Edible, 106-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica

The fruitcake still looked and smelled edible

Curators from the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust - responsible for caring for the bases of early Antarctic explorers - said the cake was still wrapped in paper showing the British maker's label.

The cake, identified by the tin it was still in, was made by Huntley & Palmers, a well-known British biscuit company from the time Robert Falcon Scott undertook his ultimately doomed Terra Nova expedition of 1910 to 1913.

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

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

While its tin was rusted the cake inside seemed fine
While its tin was rusted the cake inside seemed fine

Conservators with the Antarctic Heritage Trust found a century-old cake in the continent's oldest building on Cape Adare, National Geographic reported. "Though the container was found in poor condition, the cake itself "looked" and smelled "(almost) edible", AHT said.

In a statement, Lizzie Meek, the Trust's Programme Manager-Artefacts, described the cake as "an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and still a favorite item on modern trips to the Ice".

"The fruit cake will go back to where it came from on a shelf in the hut and I guess the story is out there and visitors to the site will be able to see that tin", she said. The Terra Nova expedition was primarily scientific, but Scott also wanted to be the first person to reach the South Pole.

According to the Trust, the huts were built by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink's expedition in 1899 and later used by Captain Scott's party in 1911. Scott's entire team perished on the return journey from the pole.



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