The Fuji apple is an apple hybrid developed by growers at Tohoku Research Station in Fujisaki, Aomori, Japan, in the late 1930s, and brought to market in 1962.
It originated as a cross between two American apple varieties — the Red Delicious and old Virginia Ralls Genet (sometimes cited as “Rawls Jennet”) apples.
According to the US Apple Association website it is one of the fifteen most popular apple cultivars in the United States.
Its name is derived from the first part of the town where it was developed: Fujisaki.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Fuji Apples?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional information 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 218 kJ (52 kcal)
13.81 g
Sugars 10.39
Dietary fiber 2.4 g
0.17 g
0.26 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 3 μg
(0%) 27 μg
29 μg
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.017 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.091 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (1%) 0.061 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.041 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 3 μg
Vitamin C (6%) 4.6 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.18 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron (1%) 0.12 mg
Magnesium (1%) 5 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.035 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 11 mg
Potassium (2%) 107 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (0%) 0.04 mg
Other constituents
Water 85.56 g
Fluoride 3.3 µg
(source: Wikipedia)
As you can see fuji apples, contain a huge amount of water, a hint of salt, phosphorus acidic content and calcium, a little phosphorus, plus a lot of sugar.
This means that guinea pigs can have a few pieces. But it isn’t recommended that they eat more than that.
Apples have much sugar and water content and so eating fuji apple too much may cause them problems.
Two or three slices will be more than sufficient on a weekly basis. They will enjoy it as it provides a good deal of nutritional content for them.
Why is fruit good for guinea pigs?
Fruit is good for guinea pigs to eat, but don’t feed them too much as it will hurt their stomach’s.
Feeding guinea pigs fruit is great for a well-balanced diet for piggies and fed on a regular basis with vegetables, hay and guinea pig pellets provide them with the nutritional goodness that they need.
Most fruit can be eaten by guinea pigs, however, there are many types of fruits such as citrus fruit which is too sweet or acidic for piggies. Do check their nutritional data before feeding to them.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our GUINEA PIG FOOD LIST.