pesco at October 2nd, 2013 01:22 — #1
grey_devil at October 2nd, 2013 02:08 — #2
Not terribly surprising, though quite uncommon.As a kid i ate regular sized carrots often and my favorite thing to do was to try to finagle the core of the carrot out for fun. Its typically easier to do if you can make a lengthwise slit down the carrot, then work the inner core out. I presume the particular baby carrot in the video got cracked or accidentally cut, while leaving the core intact which popped out by happenstance.
retchdog at October 2nd, 2013 02:41 — #3
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.
samwinston at October 2nd, 2013 02:48 — #4
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.
maxtheheathen at October 2nd, 2013 04:05 — #5
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.
retchdog at October 2nd, 2013 04:30 — #6
speleothem at October 2nd, 2013 05:26 — #7
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!)
newliminted at October 2nd, 2013 07:33 — #8
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jackie31337 at October 2nd, 2013 08:13 — #9
Don't think we didn't notice the distinct lack of bananas in this post!
falcor at October 2nd, 2013 08:21 — #10
There is enough love to go around. JUST LOOK AT IT!
simonize at October 2nd, 2013 08:25 — #11
timquinn at October 2nd, 2013 08:59 — #13
Nature, how does that work?
anton_p_gully at October 2nd, 2013 09:04 — #14
Looks like somebody disturbed a rabbit while it was making a container to hide its stash.
garygoldfinch at October 2nd, 2013 09:09 — #15
Hadn't heard that, now have an image of some sweatshop with skilled machinists lathing away at a pile of carrots.
mcgreens at October 2nd, 2013 09:29 — #16
I suspect it was the Curious Orange that caused me to read this headline as being about an inquisitive carrot, rather than an odd one.
ee0r at October 2nd, 2013 09:51 — #17
Curious Orange later honed those natural skills and had a long investigative career with the FBI. Special Agent Orange solved many puzzling crimes, often bypassing red herrings to cut straight to the root of the situation.
jackbird at October 2nd, 2013 11:20 — #18
I was under the impression that rather than being defective, the carrots used for baby carrots were a different hybrid with a higher sugar content and lower angle of taper so you can get more appropriate-diameter small ones from one big one without wasting too much from the top.
dragonfrog at October 2nd, 2013 11:29 — #19
At least in my experience, "baby carrots" are actual small carrots. "Baby-cut carrots" are the regular carrots lathed into weird little pellet shapes.
thetorchpasses at October 2nd, 2013 13:07 — #20
That's a Soviet-era dead drop. They're scattered all over the place...
professor59 at October 2nd, 2013 13:24 — #21
These seem like good explanations, but I think the answer is more simple: What you have spotted is a male and female caroot. And that's where baby carrots really come from.
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