100-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Is 'Almost' Edible


A fruitcake was found in the coldest and driest place on Earth, Antarctica. The AHT is now planning the conservation of these historic structures, which have been exposed to Antarctic conditions for over a hundred years. "It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favorite item on modern trips to the Ice".

Since May past year, the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust has been preserving artefacts found at Cape Adare.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust has recovered a 100-year-old fruit cake on Cape Adare in Antarctica, where famed explorer Robert Falcon Scott's team was likely based for the Terra Nova expedition.

Tragically, the cake may have survived, but Scott's entire party died on the return journey from the pole. These huts were constructed in 1899 by the Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevnik expedition, and later used by Scott's party in 1911.

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The cake was found on a shelf in the hut, SBS, an Australian media outlet, reported.

Although the cake looked and smelled edible, it will remain a mystery as to what the century-old sweet tastes like as it is unethical for conservators to taste-test their finds, Meek told Newshub.

You might not want to take a bite out of it, but the Antarctic Heritage Trust claim the fruitcake made by Huntley and Palmers is in "excellent condition" and still wrapped in paper.

"Great God! this is an bad place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without reward of priority", Scott wrote in his diary. Seeing as their expedition was one of the first to explore Antarctica during its winter, it's assumed they froze to death after starving.