Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Edible-looking 100-year-old fruitcake recovered in Antarctica

Edible-looking 100-year-old fruitcake recovered in Antarctica

The fruitcake was made by British company Huntley & Palmers, which shipped tinned cakes all around the world in the early 1900s.

It has been documented that he took this specific brand of fruitcake with him.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust found a almost edible 100-year-old fruitcake in the oldest building in Antarctica, according to reports Thursday. Images of the fruitcake, as well as details about it and the restoration process, were published by the Antarctic Heritage Fund. While the tin had begun to deteriorate, the cake was in near-perfect condition and, according the researchers, still looked "almost edible".

The conservators believe the cake was brought by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott during the 1910-1913 Terra Nova expedition.

The trust carried out conservation treatment including rust removal and chemical stabilisation - but the cake itself was absolutely fine.

"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. The tin's label underwent deacidification, and the paper had some minor repairs made to tears.

Conservators have been working on Antarctic artefacts from Cape Adare since May a year ago and have accrued nearly 1,500. "It [the fruitcake] is an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the ice", she said.

The huts were the first buildings in Antarctica and are the only examples left of humanity's first building on any continent. This will happen once the huts themselves have been restored.

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