In what sounds like the plot to an extremely underwhelming Indiana Jones movie, researchers have recently discovered a perfectly preserved fruitcake, that’s allegedly been there for over 100 years.
Conservators with the Antartic Heritage Trust (AHT) have managed to uncover a rather scrumptious looking fruitcake, believed to be manufactured by the now defunct Huntley & Palmers biscuit company. The lump of fruity goodness was discovered in a long-abandoned hut at Cape Adare, which was an important landing point for early Antartic explorers.
Despite the fact that the box surrounding the cake had clearly seen better days – about 100 years worth of them, really – the cake itself looked pretty good, researchers even described it as almost edible. Almost.
“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,” said AHT program manager Lizzie Meek in a statement. “It’s an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice.”
Since last July, the team have worked tirelessly to recover over 1,500 from Cape Adare, some of which included some fairly nasty fish and meat. Sounds like a fun job!
At least the discovery of this fruitcake taught us one thing, it doesn’t matter if you’re freezing your nips off in the Antarctic or chilling at Grandma’s house, no one want’s to eat fucking fruitcake.
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