After 106 years in Antarctica, fruitcake still looks ‘like new’

It’s a good thing scientists were unable especially hungry when they stepped within one of the earliest structures built in Antarctica recently. On a shelf in a shelter in Cape Adare sat the “perfectly preserved” fruitcake apparently unblemished for more than a century, reports  Stuff. co. nz . Made by British label Huntley & Palmers, the fruitcake has been hidden inside a “severely corroded” container taken from the hut as part of the conservation project encompassing several aged huts built during a Norwegian journey in 1899, per  AAP . And though the paper had begun to weaken, the cake itself looked “like new” and rather tasty. However, it didn’t smell quite of the same quality, with an odor of “rancid butter, ” Lizzie Meek of New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust tells  Newshub .

The fruitcake had been actually one of 1, 500 artifacts recovered from the huts. And it was not the only food item. There were also “badly deteriorated” meat and fish, sardines, and “rather nice looking” jellies, in addition to tools and clothing, Meek says. The fruitcake, howeverbelieved to get been carried to Cape Adare by a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition in 1911was “quite a surprise, ” Meek states. “Most people don’t carry an entire fruitcake to Antarctica and not consume it. ” Though it’s not suggested, you could theoretically taste it should you ever visit Antarctica: Meek says all of the items found will be returned towards the huts. She adds the fruitcake “could very well last another 100 years, ” if icy conditions carry on. (So  not . )

This article originally made an appearance on Newser .