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100-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Is 'Almost' Edible

11 August 2017

Since May 2016, the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust, along with the Canterbury Museum Lab, has been preserving artifacts found at Cape Adare.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is proving just how eternal fruitcake can be with the unveiling of a 100-year-old specimen found in a building at Cape Adare, a peninsula in Antarctica.

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.

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

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According to experts, the cupcake was part of the provisions of the Northern party of the expedition, "Terra Nova", the members of which lived at Cape Adair.

"Although the tin was in poor condition, the cake itself looked and smelt (almost) edible."
Researchers began investigating the building in 2015. Lizzie Meek, conservation manager for artifacts at the trust, told National Geographic in an email.

Conservationists working at the Antarctic Heritage Trust have discovered a 106-year-old fruitcake in an old hut at Cape Adre.

'It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice'.

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The well-preserved cake was still wrapped in the paper it was packed in all those years ago, and what was left of its storage tin.

"Deacidification of the tin label and some physical fix to the torn paper wrapper and tin label was carried out", the Trust said.

"The fruit cake will go back to where it came from on a shelf in the hut and I guess the story is out there and visitors to the site will be able to see that tin", she said.

And apparently, it looks and smells nearly edible.

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100-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Is 'Almost' Edible