October 23, 2017

Century-Old Fruit Cake Found in Antarctic Hut

11 August 2017, 01:20 | Edward Lowe

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"An indestructible fruitcake withstood one of the coldest, driest places on earth for a century to emerge '(almost) edible".

And just such a cake has been found in Cape Adare, East Antarctica, by the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

The cake is believed to have an interesting story behind it as it is thought to have been brought to the region by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott.

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The Huntley and Palmer's fruit cake from Cape Adare.

Although the tin containing the cake was rusted and falling apart, the cake inside "looked and smelt (almost) edible" according to the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

The Cape Adare huts were built by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink's British Antarctic (Southern Cross) Expedition in 1899 and later used by the Northern Party of Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition in 1911.

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"It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice", says Lizzie Meek, the artifacts programme manager at the Trust, in a statement.

"The buildings were the first in Antarctica and are the only examples left of humanity's first building on any continent", the trust noted.

A team from the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch has recently finished a 14-month project conserving nearly 1,500 artifacts from Cape Adare. They finished their work in July this year.

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After restoring the huts' artefacts-including the fruitcake-conservators return them to their original locations within the huts. He named it after a friend.

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