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.
Energyt531 kJ (127 kcal)
Carbohydratest33.5 g
– Sugarstn/a
– Dietary fibertn/a
Fatt0.4 g
Proteint0.8 g
Vitamin Ct66 mg (80%)
Calciumt27 mg (3%)
Iront2.5 mg (19%)
Phosphorust26 mg (4%)
Potassiumt310 mg (7%)
Sodiumt1 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.