You getting those mid-morning munchies? Yeah, I bloody feel it too. Why not snack on a century-old – and apparently edible – Antarctic fruitcake?
The Antarctic Heritage Trust has unveiled a new piece of their collection: a 100-year-old specimen found in a building at Cape Adare, a peninsula in Antarctica. Honestly I don’t think anyone should eat the fruitcake. I’m no doctor, I just don’t think its wise.
Famously indestructible, a fruitcake has withstood a century in the coldest, windiest, and driest place on Earth https://t.co/P154BO8T2g
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) August 10, 2017
The Trust said that “the cake itself looked and smelt (almost) edible,” which is not a statement I even remotely trust. I don’t care how esteemed these researchers are. They can’t make me eat this disgusting icy fruitcake.
Apparently fruitcakes are a pretty good meal if you’re weathering the intense conditions in the Antarctic, though. The Trust’s program manager for artifacts, Lizzie Meek said that fruitcake is “an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice.”
The cake is one of nearly 1,500 artifacts recovered from Cape Adare, which also included “badly deteriorated” meat and fish – which I would also strongly recommend nobody eat either. Seriously. Do not eat it.