Daikon is also known by many other names depending on context.
It is a mild-flavored winter radish (Raphanus sativus) usually characterized by fast-growing leaves and a long, white, napiform root.
Originally native to Southeast or continental East Asia, daikon is harvested and consumed throughout the region, as well as in South Asia.
Let’s take a look at their nutritional information and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, water, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as guinea pigs are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 76 kJ (18 kcal)
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.02 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.138 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.046 mg
Folate (B9) (7%) 28 μg
Vitamin C (27%) 22 mg
Calcium (3%) 27 mg
Iron (3%) 0.4 mg
Magnesium (5%) 16 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.038 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 23 mg
Potassium (5%) 227 mg
Sodium (1%) 21 mg
As you can see daikon contains a hint of salt, a little phosphorus, sugar and calcium, quite a bit of acidic content.
This means that they can have a small amount of it. Two or three small pieces at a time will suffice for them. Its acidic content means they shouldn’t eat too much of it.
Because it is much milder than other radishes, it is better for them to eat than radish.
Don’t feed them the tap root though.
Make sure it is washed thoroughly before feeding to a guinea pig.
Also, don’t feed it to them cooked. They should only eat it raw which they will enjoy a whole lot more.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat check out our GUINEA PIG FOOD LIST