The dessert was found in Antarctica’s oldest building.
A 106-year-old fruitcake was unearthed by conservationists in Antarctica, revealed the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust. However, surprisingly, they said the cake is actually edible. Yes, you read that right! As per the report by The New York Times a spokeswoman for the trust was quoted as saying that the cake was in ‘excellent condition’ and it looked and smelled ‘almost edible’. The dessert was found in Antarctica’s oldest building. The trust said that the cake was found among the artifacts from the Terra Nova Expedition led by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott between 1910 and 1913. It was wrapped in paper and in its original ‘tin-plated iron alloy tin’ container, that was made by the British biscuit company Huntley & Palmers. As per the report, the fruitcake is one of about 1,500 artifacts discovered in a building in Cape Adare, an Antarctic peninsula.
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The program manager for artifacts at the trust, Lizzie Meek, was quoted as saying that there was a very slight rancid butter smell to it, but other than that, the cake looked and smelled edible. She added that there was no doubt that the extreme cold in Antarctica has assisted its preservation. Almost 1,500 artifacts were found by a team of four conservationists that had been working at the hut since May 2016. Meek said, “Finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake among them was quite a surprise.”
While explaining, Meek was quoted as saying that the fruitcake was a popular item in English society at the time, and it remains popular today. “It’s an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions,” she said.