Will you eat 100-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctica ?

The researchers reckon they could just about have eaten the cake- if they were allowed

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is proving just how eternal fruitcake can be with the unveiling of a 100-year-old specimen found in a building at Cape Adare, a peninsula in Antarctica.

It was found wrapped in paper inside a decaying tin in a long-abandoned hut in Antarctica.

This very old fruitcake also smells nearly edible.

Scott and his team - who had left the Northern Party at Cape Adare - reached the South Pole in 1912, 34 days after their Norwegian rivals, but the entire party died on their return journey. The buildings were constructed by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink's expedition in 1899 and later used by Captain Scott's party in 1911.

'Fruitcake was a popular item in English society at the time, and it remains popular today, ' Lizzie Meek, conservation manager for artifacts at the Trust, told National Geographic.

Fruitcake is high in fat and sugar, making it ideal for trekkers in environments like Antarctica. According to the trust's representatives, the cake was "perfectly preserved" as it was protected by cold temperatures, media reported.

Fruit cake was a popular treat in Britain at the time that Scott and his team were exploring the region, and he even documented that he had packed this particular brand with him.

To prevent any further damage to the item, researchers treated the rusted tin with a chemical stabilizer, then removed the rust and coated the metal.

"Deacidification of the tin label and some physical fix to the torn paper wrapper and tin label was also carried out", the Trust said.

Conservators have been excavating artifacts in the hut since May 2016.

They are the first buildings constructed in Antarctica and are set to undergo conservation work by Antarctic Heritage Trust workers. This will happen once the huts themselves have been restored.

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