Did you know that an Aubergine, or to call it its American name ‘Egglplant’ is actaully a fruit?
No I didnt know that! I’m learning all kinds of things writing these posts. All kinds of random information that I may never have use for again. haha
It is grown all across the world and there are many different varieties such as bulbous, glossy, deep purple zepplin-like types common to Mediterrean cuisine; the small, tubular Asian types; the small, plump and ivory examples (hence ‘eggplant’, its name in the United States and Australia); or the scarcely-bigger-than-a-pea varieties grown in Thailand (source bbc good food)
So if we can eat them, then can guinea pigs eat aubergines?
Lets take a look and find out here by taking a good look at its nutritional data.
As per usual, we’re in particularly interested in its sugar, fat, calcium, phosphorus and oxelate acid content as they are most pertinent to piggies.
Energy 104 kJ (25 kcal)
Carbohydrates 5.88 g
– Sugars 3.53 g
– Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat 0.18 g
Protein 0.98 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.039 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.037 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.649 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.281 mg (6%)
Vitamin B6 0.084 mg (6%)
Folate (vit. B9) 22 μg (6%)
Vitamin C 2.2 mg (3%)
Vitamin E 0.3 mg (2%)
Vitamin K 3.5 μg (3%)
Calcium 9 mg (1%)
Iron 0.23 mg (2%)
Magnesium 14 mg (4%)
Manganese 0.232 mg (11%)
Phosphorus 24 mg (3%)
Potassium 229 mg (5%)
Zinc 0.16 mg (2%)
As you can see aubergine’s contain a hint of phosphorus and calcium, some sugar and are a little acidic. They also contain a little vitamin c.
They are fine for guinea pigs to eat and can be given once a week, because of its sugar and acid content.
Its not the greatest fruit for a guinea pig as there are others with better vitamin c content, but its fine for them to eat as part of a well balanced diet.