Saturday, January 12, 2013

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Artichokes?

Today, we're going to try a food that was once banned in New York City. On December 21, 1935, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia actually banned the sale, display and possession of artichokes. Fortunately, we are not living in New York City in 1935, and are free to eat artichokes if we want to!

We can have artichoke 2-4 times per week, but don't just stick the whole thing in our cages! Artichoke requires some preparation before feeding it to your piggy. First, remove the outer leaves, so that you're only going to feed your piggies the lighter-green and white leaves. Second, cut of the sharp thorny part at the end of each leaf. Now you're ready to feed us artichoke. Each piggy can have several leaves.

Get rid of all that bad stuff, and only give us the good stuff!
Why are you holding it down with your foot and biting it, Lola?
You can just pick the whole thing up in your mouth and eat it!
Where did you come from, Broccoli?
One thing we learned from this experience is that each piggy has their own way of eating artichokes. Lola likes to hold them down with her foot and gnaw off pieces of them, I like to pick up the whole thing and eat it, and Broccoli likes to run off with a leaf and eat it in hiding. We all liked artichokes, although we found them to be a bit chewy. 4/5 stars!


  1. Hi! Our names are phinny and ferb! We are two piggies living out in the far north-alaska. :) our humans found your blog and it's been great-they've learned a lot! They got us as a gift which doesn't always work out but in our case it worked out great. See they have a very sick girl and their friends thought we could cheer her up. They say we are little angels because we don't mind snuggling with her when she's throwing up and crying. We know she needs us like we need her. Anyway they are happy to be learning a lot. things have been hard. thanks for keeping us all cheerful on hard days.

    1. We are sorry to hear that your human is sick, but happy to hear that you piggies are taking good care of her! Piggies can be a great comfort even when you feel awful. When one of our humans was awaiting a scary medical diagnosis, nothing could cheer her up, with the exception of her first piggie, Annie. Keep up the good work of comforting your human, in good times and in bad!

  2. My two guinea pigs look exactly like Buffy and Lola!! :)

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