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A 100-Year-Old Fruitcake Was Found 'Perfectly Preserved' in Antarctica

A 100-Year-Old Fruitcake Was Found 'Perfectly Preserved' in Antarctica

The fruitcake was made by British company Huntley & Palmers, which shipped tinned cakes all around the world in the early 1900s. Archival documents show that Scott took this particular brand of cake with him to Antarctica.

Programme Manager-Artefacts Lizzie Meek said finding such a "perfectly preserved fruitcake" in a severely corroded tin was a huge surprise. "It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favorite item on modern trips to the ice".

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is now carrying out conservation work on the huts that would have been vital shelter for early expeditions, focusing on the Cape Adare area, the north-easternmost peninsula in East Antarctica.

Scott's famous Antarctic expedition was both scientific and powered by a desire to be the first person to reach the South Pole.

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The scientists said the cake looked fine, but they can't taste it, since they believe it would be unethical to taste their finds, Newshub reported. Conservators are now planning to conserve the huts that were built in 1899 by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink and used by Captain Scott in 1911.

Anyhoo, the AHT is now doing its conservation work under a permit that will require them to return all items to the site once the huts themselves have been restored.

Though, according to employees of the Fund, the tin box in which lay the dessert was in pretty bad shape, the pie looked and smelled "almost like edible".

After discovering the cake, conservators performed procedures to restore it, including rust removal and taking measures to stabilize the paper wrapping and tin container.


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