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  • Unlike cut baby carrots, farmers growtruebaby carrots to be naturally small, or other

  • times they are simply carrots harvested before they get a chance to completely mature.

  • Truebaby carrots bear the same cone shape as a normal sized carrot while only

  • being a fraction of the size.

  • A number of farmers produce these type of baby carrots when they thin their crops during

  • the growing season by removing a certain percentage of immature carrots.

  • However, other farmers purposefully harvest entire crops of carrots young in order to

  • sell the baby carrots with their green stems attached.

  • That little detail allows growers to prove that their baby carrots aretruebaby

  • carrots rather than carrots cut to look miniature.

  • The majority of baby carrots sold in supermarkets are not this type, but are manufactured to

  • look a certain way.

  • The baby carrots that we know today didn't arrive in stores until 1989.

  • Successful carrot farmer Make Yurosek operated a farm and processing plant in California,

  • and he believed that there had to be a better way to use the 400 tons of carrot cull that

  • his plant processed per day.

  • Cull carrots couldn't be sold in supermarkets because they had issues such as being broken

  • or too misshapen.

  • There were times when as much as 70% of the day's processed crop ended up culled.

  • To solve the issue, in 1986, Yurosek experimented in creating smaller carrots from the cull,

  • using an industrial potato peeler and a green bean slicer.

  • When he sent them to a large west coast supermarket chain to see what they thought, he received

  • a positive response.

  • “I said, 'I'm sending you some carrots to see what you thinkNext day they called

  • and said, 'We only want those.'”

  • The process of manufacturing baby carrots has been refined and streamlined in the years

  • since Yurosek first created them.

  • At Grimmway Farm, one of the United States' top carrot producers, full-size carrots are

  • planted close together in an effort to have them grow straight and minimize the amount

  • of carrot that will need to be trimmed later on in the process.

  • Then, a mechanical harvester harvests the carrots and they are transported to the processing

  • facility where workers use hoses and water to force the carrots out of the truck.

  • The carrots are then washed into the processing facility on luges.

  • The luges, and the water, serve a dual purpose: washing off the loose dirt and sanitizing

  • the carrots with trace amount of chlorine in the water.

  • Next, the carrots are sorted before being cut into 2 inch sections.

  • Grimmway Farm then stores the carrots for one to five days before peeling them and rounding

  • the edges in a spiral slide made up of a grated surface.

  • Finally the carrots are sorted one last time before being packaged up and shipped to stores.

  • The extra carrot bits ground off during the peeling process either end up as cattle feed

  • or become compost.

  • Concern arose over the past few years about the use of chlorine in the manufacturing of

  • baby carrots.

  • A deluge of chain-emails were sent about claiming that the baby carrots were soaked in a chlorine

  • bath and that the white blush that appears on the surface is the chlorine coming to the

  • surface.

  • In response, Bolthouse Farms, the other top producer of carrots in the United States and

  • largest producer of baby carrots worldwide, created a website in order to refute the rumors.

  • The truth is that the process is regulated by the FDA and the amount of chlorine in the

  • water is approximately 90% less than the chlorine level in regular tap water.

  • That minute amount of chlorine sanitizes the carrots to prevent consumers from contracting

  • foodborne illnesses such as E. coli and Listeria.

  • Additionally, the white blush on carrots comes from dehydration, rather than chlorine seeping

  • to the surface.

  • Soaking the carrots in water for a time will typically cause the bright orange color to

  • return.

Unlike cut baby carrots, farmers growtruebaby carrots to be naturally small, or other


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