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can guinea pigs eat purple bell peppers

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Purple Bell Peppers?

Did you know that there seven different types of bell pepper that you can get?

Bell peppers can vary in colour depending on their culitvar selection.

We’ve seen that guinea pigs can eat red, yellow, orange and green bell peppers, but what about purple bell peppers?

Purple bell peppers are just another type of mature bell pepper that has a different cultivar to the other coloured bell peppers.

Its easy to think that purple bell peppers may not be good for guinea pigs because of their unusual colour.

But actually purple bell peppers are just as good for guinea pigs as the other types of bell pepper we have looked at.

They have an extraordinary amount of vitamin c and are low in sugar, phosphorus and oxelates so they are ideal for guinea pigs to eat.

In fact they can be eaten on an almost daily basis.

What about cooked purple bell peppers?

Unfortunately, they can’t be eaten at all. They are much better fed to guinea pigs in their raw state. Guinea pigs are unable to eat any raw foods.

Can guinea pigs eat purple bell pepper seeds?

Unfortunately there is far too much risk of chokage for them to eat comfortably so it is worth stripping them away so they don’t get stuck in their throats.

Can guinea pigs eat purple bell pepper stems?

No they can’t unfortunately, they are far too tough for them to eat. So it is worth cutting them off before you feed them to your piggies.

can guinea pigs eat bell peppers

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bell Peppers?

So can guinea pigs eat bell peppers?

Bell peppers are from the nightshade family of vegetables which also have eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes.

They come from South America where they date back to 5000 BC.

All the different coloured Bell peppers come from the same plant, but the reason they differ in colour is due to their maturity.

can guinea pigs eat bell peppers?

can guinea pigs eat bell peppers

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Aren’t there different types of bell peppers?

There are different varieties of peppers so what we have done is reviewed each one here. The reason there are different types of bell pepper is becuase of their maturity. We have listed them in order of their maturity, starting with the least mature of them, the green bell pepper.

Green bell peppers

They are harvested before they have fully ripened. This is why they don’t tend to cost as much as other types of bell pepper. If they are left to mature they will turn yellow and then red.

They don’t tend to taste as sweet as their red, yellow and orange successors.

Purple bell peppers

They are not as sweet as red, orange or yellow. the purple is not the mature colour and is the next colour the pepper matures to after the green

Orange bell peppers

Like yellow peppers these are more mature bell peppers that have been left to ripen from green

Yellow bell peppers

These are more mature bell peppers and tend to taste fruitier and sweeter.

Red bell peppers

These are much more mature than green, yellow and orange bell peppers. They contain one and a half times more vitamin c than green peppers and have a sweet and fruity taste. This is why red bell peppers are the best type of pepper for a guinea pig to eat. Although they are all very good.

So can guinea pigs eat bell peppers?

As you will read in the various reviews we’ve linked to, bell peppers are fantastic for guinea pigs and can all be given to them daily.

Although if you wanted to know which one was the best then the mature red peppers have more vitamin c than the others.