Vastavam web: 100-year-old fruitcake believed to be from the Scott expedition has been found in a nearly “edible” state in the Antarctic.
The cake, wrapped in paper and stored inside a rusted tin, was found in the Antarctic’s oldest building, a hut on Cape Adare. It is believed to have been brought to the Antarctic by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, during his Terra Nova expedition between 1910 and 1913.
The brand of the cake, Huntley & Palmers, was known to be a favourite of Scott, who successfully led his team to the South Pole in 1912 from the base hut.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 It was found during a two-year conservation project by the Antarctic Heritage Trust, who said it “looked and smelt (almost) edible”. “With just two weeks to go on the conservation of the Cape Adare artefacts, finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in amongst the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise,” Lizzie Meek, the program manager for artefacts at the Trust, said.