It is also called a sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, and is species of sunflower native to eastern North America, and found from eastern Canada and Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas. (source: wikipedia)
It is grown mainly for its tuber which is used as a root vegetable.
So can guinea pigs eat Jerusalem artichokes, and if so, how much can they have?
Lets find out by looking at its content a bit more.
Energy 304 kJ (73 kcal)
Carbohydrates 17.44 g
– Sugars 9.6 g
– Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.01 g
Protein 2 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.2 mg (17%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.06 mg (5%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 1.3 mg (9%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.397 mg (8%)
Vitamin B6 0.077 mg (6%)
Folate (vit. B9) 13 μg (3%)
Vitamin C 4 mg (5%)
Calcium 14 mg (1%)
Iron 3.4 mg (26%)
Magnesium 17 mg (5%)
Phosphorus 78 mg (11%)
Potassium 429 mg (9%)
Unfortunately they are quite high in sugar and phosphorus and don’t have a good vitamin c content or a lot of calcium, so they are not good for guinea pigs to eat.
So they are okay for them to have a nibble of them every so often, but they really shouldn’t be an regular feature of a guinea pig diet.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig foods section