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can guinea pigs eat sharon fruit

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Sharon Fruit?

Sharon fruit are also called persimmons.

They are eaten fresh, dried, raw, or cooked.

When eaten fresh, they are usually eaten whole like an apple in bite-size slices and may be peeled. One way to consume ripe Sharon fruit, which may have a soft texture, is to remove the top leaf with a paring knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

Riper persimmons can also be eaten by removing the top leaf, breaking the fruit in half, and eating from the inside out.

The flesh ranges from firm to mushy, and, when firm owing to being unripe, has an apple-like crunch.

They are completely inedible until they are fully ripe.

Can guinea pigs eat Sharon fruit?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus data is of most interest as far as guinea pigs are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 293 kJ (70 kcal)
18.59 g
Sugars 12.53 g
Dietary fiber 3.6 g
0.19 g
0.58 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(10%) 81 μg
(2%) 253 μg
834 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.1 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 8 μg
Choline (2%) 7.6 mg
Vitamin C (9%) 7.5 mg
Vit E (5%) 0.73 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.6 μg
Calcium (1%) 8 mg
Iron (1%) 0.15 mg
Magnesium (3%) 9 mg
Manganese (17%) 0.355 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 17 mg
Potassium (3%) 161 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.11 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, Sharon fruit contains a hint of salt and fat, calcium, quite a lot of acidic content and sugar.

This means that guinea  pigs can eat Sharon fruit but only in small amounts. They are just too acidic and sweet to be eaten regularly. So they are a nice treat for guinea pigs to eat.

A few pieces once a week is sufficient for them to back up their regular diet of hay, water, veggies and guinea pig mix/nuggets.

How should sharon fruit be eaten by guinea pigs?

Sharon fruit are eaten fresh, dried, and raw.

When eaten fresh, they are usually eaten whole like an apple in bite-size slices, and may be peeled.

Those that have a soft texture may not be as appealing to guinea pigs

Riper sharon fruit may be more appealing for them.

Just remove the top leaf, break the fruit into small pieces which are easy for them to consume.

They will prefer smaller pieces that they can easily manage.

Before feeding to them, make sure that it is washed thoroughly so any bacteria is removed for your piggies.

For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list.

can guinea pigs eat american persimmons

Can Guinea Pigs Eat American Persimmons?

American Persimmons, or just plain old ‘Persimmmons’ if you live in USA, come from the Eastern United States and are traditionally eaten in a special steamed pudding in the Midwest of USA.

They are different from Japanese persimmons because it us higher in vitamin c, calcium, iron and potassium which is a good and bad thing for piggies.

But can guinea pigs eat American Persimmons, and if they can eat them, how much of them can they eat?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out a bit more about them.

In particular, we’re interested in their fat, sugar, phosphorus, acidic, and calcium content.

A good amount of vitamin a and c would also be incredibly beneficial.

Energy 531 kJ (127 kcal)
Carbohydrates 33.5 g
– Sugars n/a
– Dietary fiber n/a
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 0.8 g
Vitamin C 66 mg (80%)
Calcium 27 mg (3%)
Iron 2.5 mg (19%)
Phosphorus 26 mg (4%)
Potassium 310 mg (7%)
Sodium 1 mg (0%)

source wikipedia

As you can see American persimmons have a hint of calcium and phosphorus, but have a huge amount of vitamin c which makes them fantastic for guinea pigs.

Because of this guinea pigs can eat American persimmons 3-4 times a weeks. They are great for guinea pigs to have and a terrific addition to heir diet.