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

Fruit cake found at Cape Adare thought to be from Scott's Northern Party

And just such a cake has been found in Cape Adare, East Antarctica, by the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Meeks added that while the fruitcake's tin had almost disintegrated, the cake itself was well preserved due to freezing conditions.

The statement from the Antarctic Heritage Trust is below.

Although the cake looked and smelled edible, it will remain a mystery as to what the century-old sweet tastes like as it is unethical for conservators to taste-test their finds, Meek told Newshub.

According to the New Zealand-based charity, there was quite of bit of work that went into treating the cake, including rust removal, chemical stabilisation and coating of the tin remnants. Deacidification of the tin label and some physical fix to the torn paper wrapper and tin label was also carried out. The cake is stayed in "excellent condition". They were built by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink's expedition in 1899 and later used by Scott's party in 1911.

Scott's team took shelter in the Cape Adare building during their expedition and left the fruitcake.

The cake was found in a hut in Cape Adare, one of the first modern human settlements on Antarctica.

"Living and working in Antarctica tends to lead to a craving for high-fat, high-sugar food, and fruitcake fits the bill nicely, not to mention going very well with a cup of tea", said Lizzie Meeks, conservation manager for artifacts at the trust.

Since May 2016, the team from the Trust has conserved over 1500 artefacts from Cape Adare.

But all objects taken from them - including the cake - must be returned after being spruced up, in accordance with rules governing the Antarctic Specially Protected Area.

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