Today we are answering the question “Can Guinea Pigs eat Aubergine / Eggplant? ”
Aubergines (or eggplants) are an edible fruit from the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers etc) .
- They’re low in most vitamins including vitamin C, which is important in Guinea Pig diets.
- They do however have twice the amount of fibre as a bell pepper, which is in theory great for piggy digestion.
- As a member of the nightshade family the leaves, unripened fruit and stems contain solanine and are poisonous.
So can Guinea Pigs eat them?
- but they’re not going to really benefit from it….
- I’ve found that most piggies find them quite delicious.
- Due to their low nutritional value they’re definitely best reserved as a very rare treat.
- Definitely remove any leaves to avoid accidental poisoning.
- Some pig owners would view the risk of unripe fruit as too dangerous but having extensively researched the subject there really doesn’t seem to be any risk in feeding the ripened fruit. Just as humans eat them.
- I feed chunks of Aubergine every few months, mainly as leftovers from cooking. We’ve never seen any ill effects.