Also known as Lao coriander, Dill is either a perennial or annual herb depending on where it is grown. It is used to flavour many different foods around the world and is at its best when used fresh but loses its flavour when it is dried.
Its leaves are sometimes called ‘dill weed’ which helps to set it apart from dill seed and is widely used in Germany, Greece, Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Baltic, Russia, and central Asia. (source wikipedia)
So can guinea pigs eat dill and if they can how much can they have?
As usual lets have a look at its nutritional data and find out a bit more about it.
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Energy 180 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates 7 g
– Dietary fiber 2.1 g
Fat 1.1 g
Protein 3.5 g
Vitamin A 7717 (154%) IU
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.1 mg (9%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.3 mg (25%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 1.6 mg (11%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.4 mg (8%)
Vitamin B6 0.2 mg (15%)
Folate (vit. B9) 150 μg (38%)
Vitamin B12 0 μg (0%)
Vitamin C 85 mg (102%)
Calcium 208 mg (21%)
Iron 6.6 mg (51%)
Magnesium 55 mg (15%)
Manganese 1.3 mg (62%)
Phosphorus 66 mg (9%)
Potassium 738 mg (16%)
Sodium 61 mg (4%)
Zinc 0.9 mg (9%)
Copper 0.14 mg (7%)
Percentages are roughly approximated
As usual, we’re looking particularly at the phosphorus, sugar, calcium, oxelate acid, and fat content.
A healthy amount of vitamin a and c would also be a good bonus.
As you can see it does contain quite a bit of phosphorus and a lot of calcium plus a hint of fat content.
Guinea pigs can eat dill, but only sporadically because of the calcium content. Once or twice a month at the most.
Can guinea pigs eat dill weed?
Yes they can. Dill weed is another name for fresh dill and they can eat it. But only feed it sporadically because of its phosphorus content.
Can guinea pigs eat dill pickle?
No they can’t at all. They are far too acidic for piggies to eat.
Can guinea pigs eat fresh dill?
Yes they can. Dill is at its best when fed fresh for piggies, but only once or twice a month at the most.