Sunday, December 8, 2013

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Broccoli Raab / Broccoli Rabe / Rapini?

There are so many vegetables with similar names, so let's distinguish a few things from each other:
  • Broccoli - If you're a human, your parents probably made you eat this before you were allowed to eat your dessert. (If you're a guinea pig, you're probably a lot better about eating your vegetables than human kids are!)
  • Broccolini / Broccolette - This is a hybrid between regular broccoli and Chinese broccoli.
  • Chinese broccoli - Also known as kai lan, gai lan, and Chinese kale. I don't think we've tried this one yet.
  • Broccoli Raab / Broccoli Rabe / Rapini - This is what we're reviewing today!
(And, of course, there is Broccoli the guinea pig, who no one would confuse with a vegetable!)

Please be aware that broccoli raab is very high in vitamin A, so you should only feed it once or twice a month, and limit other foods that are high in vitamin A (for example, kale) around those times.

Let me in! I want to try Broccoli Raab!
Sometime you just got to be pushy, or you'll miss out on a new food!
It's tasty.
Broccoli raab was good, although we got bored of it towards the end and left some chunks for the humans to clean up. It gets 3.5/5 stars!


  1. Hi Cavy Savvy! Sorry to bother you...but I got another question. I asked you guys about guinea pigs before on the most recent hay review. My mom said ......yes I could get a cavy! I am buying a C&C cage at and all the supplies myself. The only major problem is...
    My mom said I could only get ONE GUINEA PIG. Everything I've read

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    2. Hi Nature Girl,
      Sorry to tell you this, but according to Guinea Lynx, "Guinea pigs are extremely social, herd animals and thrive in the company of another pig. A human can't take the place of a guinea pig companion." They say that if you are going to be away for a large part of the day, it's even more important, so it might be slightly less bad if you spend a lot of time with your new piggy, but it's much, much better if you get a second piggy. I don't suppose you live in Sweden? They have a law making it illegal to sell just one guinea pig. If I were you, I would let your mom know that what she plans to do is illegal in at least one country--perhaps that information will persuade her to let you have two. Again, we're not trying to make you feel bad. We just want to see a happy outcome for everyone involved. If your new piggy is happy, then you'll be happy, and your mom should then be happy. It'll be a win-win situation. Keep us updated and let us know what happens!

  2. Okay, so after talking to my mom...she said she'll think about it. I'm planning on writing a persuasive report on this too. You didn't make me feel bad about it -you actually helped me and gave me a better chance of getting two! Of course if my mom says no, I could not bring myself to

    1. Get one since I don't want him/her to suffer. I will certainly keep you posted and let you guys know what happens!