So can guinea pigs eat tarragon?
I was in my local market yesterday and saw that it was on offer and wondered if they would appreciate some.
They say variety is the spice of life, and I am always on the look out for different foods for my guinea pig to try out, within reason of course!
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Most herbs are good for guinea pigs and owners say that their piggies have appreciated them when they have put them down for them.
A quick check of the nutritional facts about Tarragon says this;
Nutrient – Nutrient Value and Percentage of RDA
Energy 295 Kcal 15%
Carbohydrates 50.22 g 38%
Protein 22.77 g 40%
Total Fat 7.24 g 24%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g 19%
Vitamin A 4200 IU 140%
Vitamin C 50.0 mg 83%
Sodium 62 mg 4%
Potassium 3020 mg 64%
Calcium 1139 mg 114%
Copper 0.677 mg 75%
Iron 32.30 mg 403%
Magnesium 347 mg 87%
Manganese 7.967 mg 346%
Zinc 3.90 mg 35%
source: nutrition and you
Tarragon itself is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants that increase health and cut down disease.
It’s a small shrub that is grown mainly in the Mediterranean.
It is a good source of minerals and contains high amounts of calcium, manganese,iron,magnesium, copper, potassium and zinc.
It also has a very high amount of vitamin c, a definitely plus point for piggies. Not to mention vitamin a and b.
However, its high amount of calcium means that I shouldn’t be giving it to my guinea pig too often, and it should be a treat more than anything for him.
So I laid some down for my guinea pig and it went down rather well.
Can guinea pigs eat tarragon?
Yes they can!
Tarragon is definitely something I will try again. Although he did leave it after a while and then came back to it.
It wasn’t on the same scale as cucumbers where he completely demolished the whole lot, but he definitely appreciated them.