106-year-old British fruitcake found in Antarctica!

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Ice-covered Antarctica is said to be one of the earth’s most hostile natural environment, but a new discovery by the Antarctic Heritage Trust suggests that it has no match for a 106-year-old British fruitcake, which conservators found on Cape Adare.

According to the BBC, the elderly cake is believed to  belong to the  British explorer Robert Falcon Scott – known as Scott of the Antarctic.

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Although the cake’s tin was rusted, the team said it was in “excellent condition” and smelled edible.

The New Zealand-based Trust found it in Antarctica’s oldest building, a hut built by Norwegian explorer Carsten Borchgrevink’s team in 1899, and used by Capt Scott in 1911 during his Terra Nova expedition.

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The polar pioneer was said to be fond of this particular cake, made by the British biscuit company Huntley & Palmers.

 

Lizzie Meek, the  conservation manager for artefacts at the Trust, told National Geographic. that  the  “Fruitcake was a popular item in English society at that  time, and it remains popular today,” stating that “Living and working in Antarctica tends to lead to a craving for high-fat, high-sugar food, and fruitcake fits the bill nicely, not to mention going very well with a cup of tea.”

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Conservators have been excavating artefacts in the hut since May 2016, and have unearthed some 1,500 items. They include tools and clothing, and – according to Ms Meeks – some “badly deteriorated” meat and fish, and “rather nice-looking” jams.

Everything they find – fruitcake included – is restored and returned to its original resting place.

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The cake’s survival is bittersweet, as Capt Scott and his companions were not so lucky.

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They successfully reached the South Pole, only to find a Norwegian team had beaten them to it by 33 days.

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All the British explorers however died on their way back to base.

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