Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Feijoa?

Here is a fruit that we were wondering not too long ago if we would ever be able to find it. One day, after having our humans look everywhere and giving up on finding it, it just turns up at the local grocery store!

Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava and guavasteen, is a green fruit about the size of a chicken egg. This fruit was originally native to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, but is now grown in many other countries. They seem to be especially popular in New Zealand, where there is a New Zealand Feijoa Growers' Association. There are many varieties of feijoas, including "Gemini," "Apollo," and "Mammoth," although we're not sure exactly which type we're trying for this post.

Guinea pigs can eat feijoa 1-2 times per week in small portions. We've read different things about whether you can eat the skin of a feijoa or not; one website says "The entire fruit is edible," while another says: "you cannot eat the skin of a feijoa fruit raw." The humans ate the skin and seemed fine, but to be on the safe side, they cut the skin off of ours before feeding it to us.

Here is a feijoa. (I couldn't tell you what variety, though.)
Out of my way! I want to try it, too!

Did you see Broccoli eat part of his, and then go for mine before finishing it? That could cause a fight later on...

Let go! We can't all have the last piece!
I think any food worth fighting over is worth rating highly. Feijoa gets 5/5 stars!

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