Incredibly curious carrot

PhotoMy kids' babysitter found this curious carrot in a bag of Bunny-Luv Organic Peeled Baby Carrots. I wonder what kind of machine malfunction produced this anomaly. (Thanks, Kelsie Pyle!)

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  1. So-called "baby carrots" are actually blemished or deformed "adult carrots". The defective carrots are cut into short lengths and lathed down to remove the abnormalities. It's much more profitable than selling them as horse feed or just pureeing/mulching them.

    I guess the cutting machine made an extra partial cut for some reason. The rest of it is the natural core of the carrot as Grey_Devil pointed out. Maybe hitting the slightly denser core triggered a safety halt in the cutting machine.

  2. As mentioned 'baby' carrots are lathed. into their shape. I'm not sure why the core would be replaced into that carrot.

    But it's exactly the same shape and form from a "Vegetable turning" lath...or vegetable turner. (the kind of thing that makes those long strands of carrots or radishes at Japanese sushi bars). I have one and it's great for making raw zucchini threads, or garnishes for sushi and shashimi.

  3. I'm guessing it was just a fracture, which didn't propagate through the core. that and a loose core, nothing but tumbling around necessary.

  4. Maybe this was just an "old" carrot. Sometimes when they've been growing for more than a year they develop a woody core.

    According to Wikipedia, baby-cut carrots are cut into 2-inch lengths and then tumbled in rotating peeling tanks that scrape off the skin and round the edges. This is probably a lot more efficient than being shaped on a lathe. (Reminds me of the old joke about individual toothpicks being lathed down from whole trees!)

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