What is a Cherimoya and can guinea pigs eat them?
Cherimoya is a fruit that grows throughout:
- Southern California
- South Asia
- South of Italy
- Southern Andalucia
- Central America
This fruit is native to Andes region of South America.
Cherimoya is a large fruit that measures roughly 4 inches in width and 4 to 8 inches long.
It has a bumpy skin and is green in color with a heart shape.
Inside there is a custard like texturing mixture that tastes like a mix of pineapples, strawberries and bananas. The inside also has a white flesh.
It is very unlikely you will find this fruit at a local grocery store but may be able to find them at a farmers market.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 313 kJ (75 kcal)
Carbohydrates 17.71 g
– Sugars 12.87
– Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat 0.68 g
Protein 1.57 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.101 mg (9%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.131 mg (11%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.644 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.345 mg (7%)
Vitamin B6 0.257 mg (20%)
Folate (vit. B9) 23 μg (6%)
Vitamin C 12.6 mg (15%)
Vitamin E 0.27 mg (2%)
Calcium 10 mg (1%)
Iron 0.27 mg (2%)
Magnesium 17 mg (5%)
Manganese 0.093 mg (4%)
Phosphorus 26 mg (4%)
Potassium 287 mg (6%)
Sodium 7 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.16 mg (2%)
The main things that affect guinea pigs include:
- sugar content
- acidic content
- phosphorus content
- calcium and fat content
- vitamin C
The positive thing about this fruit is that it has a lot of vitamin C which is great for your guinea pigs.
So Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cherimoya?
Yes, but only in small amounts and only once or twice a week max. This is due to the high sugar content that this fruit has.
Before feeding this fruit to your guinea pig though you will need to remove the seeds and the skin as it is inedible and cause a guinea pig to choke.
Only give your piggy the fresh flesh inside.