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    Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    Can guinea-pigs eat these?
    We saw some of these exotic fruits in out grocery and I decided to buy some.
    The cactus fruit may have too many seeds, but what about the persimmon?

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    I really don't know, and can't find anything that would indicate that they could.

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    I see no reason not to feed them persimmons. I absolutely LOVE Fuyu persimmons and eat lots of them this time of year. Chester doesn't like many fruits with the exception of his "piggy crack"........canteloupe rind. However, he seems to love ripe persimmon.

    As you may know, Fuyu persimmons can be eaten like an apple even before they are fully ripe, but once ripe they become this delicious sweet treat. Of course, it's just that for him......a treat and not a diet staple since most of the calories come from the natural sugar content.

    Here is the nutritional data:

    The Fuyu is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin A, manganese and fiber, especially soluble fiber. It contains a fair amount of some of the B-complex vitamins, potassium and calcium. Generally speaking 1 fruit contains (Source:nutritiondata.com)


    • Calories: 118
    • Carbohydrates: 19 – 31g
    • Omega-3 fatty acids: 6.7mg
    • Omega-6 fatty acids: 65.5mg
    • Protein: 0.6 - 1g
    • Fiber: 4 – 6g
    • Vitamin A: 2733 – 3641 IU
    • Vitamin B1: 0.1 – 0.5mg
    • Vitamin B2: 0.03mg
    • Vitamin B3: 0.2 – 0.17mg
    • Vitamin B6: 0.2mg
    • Vitamin C: 12.6mg
    • Vitamin E: 1.2mg
    • Vitamin K: 4.4mcg
    • Folic Acid: 12.6 – 13.4mcg
    • Choline: 12.8mg
    • Potassium: 270 mg
    • Calcium 13.4 mg
    • Magnesium: 15.1mg
    • Phosphorus: 28.6mg
    • Iron: 0.3mg
    • Zinc: 0.2mg
    • Copper: 0.2mg
    • Manganese: 0.6mg
    • Selenium: 1mcg

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    The site looks so different since i've been here (over a year maybe?).
    Persimmons are related to...
    *googles*
    Persimmon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    ^Well, there is the wikipedia page.

    I found a humane society's website that implied persimmons were alright for rabbits in small amounts as treats but i'm not sure how reliable that is...

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    Persimmon - either variety is fine if fed in moderation as an occasional treat if they'll eat it. Cactus fruit is questionable and personally I wouldn't feed it.

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    Oh my gosh, sorry for the late post.
    Thanks for that! I'll give her a piece now.

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    Yeah, i'll just eat the cactus fruit, myself.
    It's a cactus pear by the way.

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    Yeah, also known as a prickly pear. My suspicion is it would probably be fine if you peel it and get the seeds out, but I don't know for sure so I'm not comfortable saying yea or nay.

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    I'm not sure if i'm willing enough to experiment.
    o_O
    I had a piece of persimmon on top of cactus pear, and the pear stained the persimmon with red dye. I washed it off but it was still a bit dyed. I gave the persimmon to Dory (pig) and she's asking for more. Can I give her persimmon skin? We peeled it off because we didn't know if it was edible.

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    Re: Persimmons and Cactus fruit

    Skin is also fine in moderation.

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