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Hundred-year-old fruitcake found in 'excellent condition' among Antarctic artefacts

Hundred-year-old fruitcake found in 'excellent condition' among Antarctic artefacts

The fruitcake is one of almost 1,500 artifacts recovered from Cape Adare.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust found a almost edible 100-year-old fruitcake in the oldest building in Antarctica, according to reports Thursday.

The fruitcake, made by British company Huntley and Palmers, was found in "excellent condition" inside a iron alloy tin, still wrapped in paper. Around 1,500 artifacts have been recovered since last July.

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.

Historical records show that Scott and his companions took this exact brand of cake with them on the ill-fated expedition.

"Finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in among the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise", program manager Lizzie Meek said.

Hundred-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctic hut

The fruitcake itself dates back to the Terra Nova expedition (1910-1913) headed by Robert Falcon Scott. The Terra Nova expedition was primarily scientific, but Scott also wanted to be the first person to reach the South Pole.

However, when they reached the pole in January 1912 they discovered they had been beaten in their quest by a Norwegian group, led by Roald Amundsen, by a mere 34 days. Apparently, they could have used the fruitcake they left behind at Cape Adare.

Archeology teams have been excavating artifacts from a hut that Scott's Northern Party used during its expedition.

Whoever thought only wine and rum taste better after a 100 years should definitely take a look at this cake!

So it doesn't appear that anyone will be eating this fruitcake anytime soon, which is just as well.

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