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According to recent reports, a 100-year-old fruitcake in Antarctica has been found in a ‘almost’ edible condition in the coldest place on Earth.
National Geographic reports that conservators with the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust recently found a century old fruitcake in Antarctica’s oldest building, which is a hut on capre Adare.
According to reports, the cake was wrapped in paper and was kept in a tin. The trust said that they found the dessert in “excellent condition” and it looked and smelt almost edible.
Reports state that British explorer Robert Falcon Scott probably brought the cake to the region. The cake was reportedly made by the British biscuit company Huntley & Palmers and was brought by the explorer to Antarctica during 1910-1913 Terra Nova expedition.
The expedition’s Northern Party reportedly took shelter in the Capre Adare hut at the time. The hut was reportedly built by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink’s team in 1899. Reports state that a team has been excavating artifacts from thehut since 2016.
“Fruitcake was a popular item in English society at the time, and it remains popular today,” Lizzie Meek, conservation manager for artifacts at the trust told National Geographic via email.
“Living and working in Antarctica tends to lead to a craving for high-fat, high-sugar food, and fruitcake fits the bill nicely, not to mention going very well with a cup of tea,” she said.
Reports state that during the Terra Nova expedition, Scott and his four person crew reached the South Pole in 1912, however all five of them died while they set on their return journey towards the expedition base, which was the Terra Nova hut on Cape Evans.
Heritage Trust conservators have reportedly restored the hut, which is the largest Antractic building of its time. The conservators have also restored several other widen huts to what they looked like almost a century ago.
The conservators, after restoration, place all the items of the hut, including the fruitcake, to its original position in which they were found.
Source: National Geographic