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Mmm, this 100-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctica sure looks delicious

Mmm, this 100-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctica sure looks delicious”

Conservators from the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust discovered the 106-years-old treat in a hut on Cape Adare in East Antarctica.

The Cape Adare huts were built by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink's British Antarctic (Southern Cross) Expedition in 1899 and later used by the Northern Party of Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition in 1911.

This very old fruitcake also smells nearly edible.

Though, according to employees of the Fund, the tin box in which lay the dessert was in pretty bad shape, the pie looked and smelled "almost like edible".

If you need any more convincing of the worth of fruitcake, then just listen to the Trust's program manager for artifacts, Lizzie Meek: "It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice".

British explorer Robert Falcon Scott likely brought the cake, made by the British biscuit company Huntley & Palmers, to Antarctica during their 1910-1913 Terra Nova expedition.

A team from the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch has recently finished a 14-month project conserving nearly 1,500 artifacts from Cape Adare.

Heritage Trust conservators have restored the 50-foot-long Terra Nova hut, the largest Antarctic building of its time, and several other portable wooden huts to look as they did a century ago.

The permit the trust was granted to collect the artefacts stipulates that all items must be returned to the site after conservation.



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