Baby carrots are smaller than regular carrots, with an average length of two inches. Some baby carrots are simply dwarf varieties of carrot, but most are larger carrots cut into small pieces. Food processors call these carrots "baby cut carrots" to differentiate them from naturally short carrots.
California farmer Mike Yurosek invented baby cut carrots as a way to market carrots considered too ugly to sell in supermarkets. Yurosek produced baby carrots by first chopping large carrots with a green bean cutter, then peeling the pieces with a potato peeler to give them rounded ends. Modern methods of processing produce three baby carrots from one regular carrot, with the waste used to make animal feed, juice or baby food.