100-year-old Antarctic fruitcake appears to be like (nearly) edible

This very outdated fruitcake additionally smells nearly edible.


Antarctic Heritage Belief

We’re all conscious of the almost supernatural endurance of fruitcake, a much-maligned dessert that always makes the rounds throughout the holidays. The Antarctic Heritage Belief is proving simply how everlasting fruitcake may be with the revealing of a 100-year-old specimen present in a constructing at Cape Adare, a peninsula in Antarctica.   

The Belief says the fruitcake dates again to British explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition, which started in 1910. The tin is in tough form, however researchers may nonetheless decide the model: Huntley & Palmers. The Antarctic Heritage Belief says “the cake itself regarded and smelt (nearly) edible.”

The cake survived all these a few years in wonderful situation and it has since undergone a conservation effort to stabilize the paper wrapping and tin container. The fruitcake is one in every of almost 1,500 artifacts recovered from Cape Adare. 

In case you want any extra convincing of the price of fruitcake, then simply hearken to the Belief’s program supervisor for artifacts, Lizzie Meek: “It is a super high-energy meals for Antarctic situations, and remains to be a favorite merchandise on trendy journeys to the Ice.”

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