Fruitcake is a staple dessert during Christmas celebrations. Its sweet and fruity blend makes it one of the most served concoctions on parties and gatherings. It has quite gone down on a long history, probably dating back all the way from Ancient Rome!
Its high sugar content makes it easy to preserve, especially when taking it on long journeys. In fact, the American Heritage Trust conservators found a completely untouched and almost edible fruitcake in an Antarctic hut.
They believe that the fruitcake was brought by Robert Falcon Scott’s team to Cape Adare during an exploration in 1911. The dessert is preserved in perfect condition, especially that the temperature in Antarctica is below 0. The most interesting part is the fruit was believed to be still edible after a decade of preservation!
Conservators said that they have stumbled upon a tin box in an isolated hut while excavating in Antarctica and they were curious what was inside. The fruitcake was covered with paper and when they unwrapped it—it was a 106-year old fruitcake! According to them, the dish smelled like stale butter but the looks of it was still edible. However, they made it clear that they won’t be testing out this theory.
The discovery went viral online and it has received mixed reactions from the netizens. Some were greatly amazed and wanted to have a taste of it. Others were making fun of the longevity of the dish and would never even get close to it.
Whether you like fruitcakes or not, we cannot deny that this is one great discovery of mankind. Unearthing edible objects like fruitcakes from years before proved that people have been preserving traditions and culture by means of culinary and kitchen preparations.