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can guinea pigs eat tarragon

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Tarragon?

So can guinea pigs eat tarragon?

I was in my local market yesterday and saw that it was on offer and wondered if they would appreciate some.

They say variety is the spice of life, and I am always on the look out for different foods for my guinea pig to try out, within reason of course!

A quick internet search on whether they would like it or not showed that there were no complaints about it so I picked some up.

top image: flickr jd falk

Most herbs are good for guinea pigs and owners say that their piggies have appreciated them when they have put them down for them.

A quick check of the nutritional facts about Tarragon says this;

Nutrient  – Nutrient Value and Percentage of RDA
Energy 295 Kcal    15%
Carbohydrates 50.22 g    38%
Protein 22.77 g     40%
Total Fat 7.24 g     24%
Cholesterol 0 mg    0%
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g     19%

Vitamins
Vitamin A 4200 IU   140%
Vitamin C 50.0 mg    83%
Electrolytes
Sodium 62 mg    4%
Potassium 3020 mg    64%

Minerals
Calcium 1139 mg    114%
Copper 0.677 mg     75%
Iron 32.30 mg     403%
Magnesium 347 mg    87%
Manganese 7.967 mg    346%
Zinc 3.90 mg      35%

source: nutrition and you

can guinea pigs eat tarragonTarragon itself is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants that increase health and cut down disease.

It’s a small shrub that is grown mainly in the Mediterranean.

It is a good source of minerals and contains high amounts of calcium, manganese,iron,magnesium, copper, potassium and zinc.

It also has a very high amount of vitamin c, a definitely plus point for piggies. Not to mention vitamin a and b.

However, its high amount of calcium means that I shouldn’t be giving it to my guinea pig too often, and it should be a treat more than anything for him.
So I laid some down for my guinea pig and it went down rather well.

Can guinea pigs eat tarragon?

Yes they can!

Tarragon is definitely something I will try again. Although he did leave it after a while and then came back to it.

It wasn’t on the same scale as cucumbers where he completely demolished the whole lot, but he definitely appreciated them.