GUINEA PIG SHOPPING LIST: COMPILED, WITH LOVE, BY LENA :) Recommended : 1 cup of mixed veggies per pig per day. Unlimited hay. Unlimited pellets.
HIGH Vitamin C foods: - Guinea pig pellets with stabilized vitamin C - alfalfa based for youngsters, pregnant & nursing sows, slim or sick pigs; timothy based for healthy, grown, chubby pigs (do not substitute rabbit or chinchilla pellets; avoid mixes with nuts, seeds or colored bits)
- Parsley - curly or plain (high in calcium) - Cilantro / Chinese Parsley / Corriander greens - Celery leaves
- Collard greens - Mustard greens / Leaf Mustard - Water Cress - Garden Cress - Swiss Chard, Red Chard - Beet greens - Spinach (feed in moderation, linked to formation of kidney & bladder stones) - Carrot tops / leaves - Peas in pods, Pea Shoots (not dried)
- Dandelion greens - Grass - wheat, winter rye (grown in pots from seed)
- Kale - curly or plain - Broccoli, Broccolini (stems are liked better than flowers) - Broccoli Rabe / Rabe / Rapini - Cauliflower / Broccoflower - Brussels Sprouts - Cabbage - Red Cabbage - Tuscan Cabbage / Cavolo Nero - Savoy Cabbage - Kohlrabi leaves
- Bell / Sweet Peppers - red, green, yellow (not hot or chile) - Tomato (sores around mouth can develop; leaves poisonous; artificially grown can be low in vit C) - Tamarillo (leaves poisonous)
- Orange (caution - sores around lips can develop) - Tangerine / Mandarin (caution - sores around lips can develop) - Grapefruit (caution - sores around lips can develop) - Lemon, Lime (home-grown best, otherwise feed cautiously) - Cantaloupe Melon - Honeydew Melon - Currants - yellow, red or black (leaves also edible) - Gooseberries - Strawberries - Kiwi Fruit - Mango - Guava - Feijoa / Pineapple Guava - Papaya / Paw Paw / Tree Melon - Persimmon - american or oriental - Rosehip
LOW Vitamin C foods: - Hay - timothy, meadow, alpine and others (must always be available) - Alfalfa - green or dried (high calcium & calories - good for youngsters, pregnant & nursing sows)
- Romaine Lettuce - Lettuces - red, green, butter, Boston and other (avoid iceberg) - Frisee Lettuce - Arugula / Rocket / Roquette / Rucola - Green Endive - Belgian Endive - Radicchio / Italian Chicory - Treviso Radicchio - Salad mix (without iceburg lettuce) - Artichoke - Asparagus - Anise - Basil - Dill - Mint - Thyme - Chives (caution, feed in moderation) - Green Onion tops (caution, feed in moderation) - Green Leek tops (caution, feed in moderation) - Sweet Onions (caution, feed in moderation) - Celery stalks (cut into small pieces) - Corn on the cob (strings, leaves & stalks are edible too) - Bean Sprouts - Green Beans in pods / String Beans (not dried)
- Carrots (feed in moderation, vit A in carrots said to cause liver problems) - Yam / Sweet Potato (high in vit A? - leaves edible) - Beets - Celery Root / Celeriac - Kohlrabi bulbs - Radishes (if mild) - Turnip - Parsnip - Rutabaga (aka Swede) - Parsley root
- Cucumber (fresh only, not pickled) - Squash - acorn, banana, butterhorn, spagetti, and others (feed in moderation) - Zucchini - Pumpkin
- Pineapple - fresh (sores around lips & mouth can develop) - Apple (avoid seeds; if too tart, sores around lips & mouth can develop) - Crabapple - Pear - Asian Pear - Plum, Prune (dried high in sugar - as treat only) - Nectarine - Apricot - Peach - Cherries (remove pits) - Cranberries (whole fruit, not concentrate or juice) - Raspberries - Blackberries - Bilberries - Blueberries - Watermelon (can cause diarrhea - high water content) - Banana (feed in great moderation - can cause constipation) - Passion Fruit / Granadilla - Grapes (in moderation, high in sugar) - Figs (dried high in sugar - as treat only) - Dates (dried high in sugar)
EDIBLE wild grasses, plants and herbs: (make sure you know what you are picking! be sure to pick from places free of contaminants such as pesticides , exhaust fumes or animal urine ; pick plants that are healthy looking, without insect damage, fungus spots, breakage, or wilting)
AVOID Danger foods: - Iceburg Lettuce (low nutrition, high water)
- Hot Peppers / Chiles / Paprikas - Hot herbs and spices - Pickled veggies (dills, capers, sour krauts) - Garlic or pungent onions (will not poison pigs, ) - Tomato leaves & stalks (poisonous) - Tomatillo leaves & stalks (poisonous) - Rhubarb (poisonous) - Seeds (choking hazard) - Dry beans and peas - Nuts (too high in fat) - Avocado (too high in fat) - Coconut (too high in fat) - Horseradish (leaves probably ok, root too pungent) - Mushrooms - Potatos (poisonous if green or sprouted) - sweet patatos / yams are ok - Taro (dangerous if eaten raw / unprepared) - Jams, jellies and fruit preserves (too high in sugar) - Fruit juices (sugar-free, or unsweetened juices are OK) - Teas, coffee, colas - Fried, cooked and otherwise prepared foods - Peanut butter, cakes, cookies, baked goods - Milk and milk products
- Wild grasses, plants and herbs that you are unsure of, or that look different from ones you know - Flowers (commercially grown decorative plants contain preservatives & pesticides)
QUESTION foods: (just don't know much about them, or unsure if ok for pigs to eat)
- Canned veggies
Asian Fruit and Vegetables: (I tried to include names in various languages when possible)
- Abiu / Caimo / Canistel / Dan Huang Guo - Bamboo Shoots - Banana Leaves - Betel Leaves / La Lop - Bitter Melon / Bitter Gourd / Balsam Pear / Balsam Pod (must remove seeds) - Chinese Broccoli / Gai Lum / Kai Lan / Kairan - Chinese Flowering Cabbage / Choy Sum / Sawi Manis / Saishin - Chinese Cabbage / Wong Baak / Kubis Gna / Hakusai - Pe-Tsai Cabbage - Chinese Chard / Bok Choy / Pak Choy / Pak Tsoi / Pechay - Baby Bok Choy - Chinese Spinach / Amaranth / Een Choy / In Tsoi / Bayam / Santonsai - Chinese Mustard / Gai Choy / Kaai Tsoi / Mustaa / Ha Karashina / Cai Xanh - Chinese Keys / Khao Chae / Suo Shi / Temu Kunchi (like ginger) - Chinese Long Beans / Yard-Long Beans / Asparagus Beans / Dau Gok - Chocolate Fruit / Black Persimmon / Black Sapote / Kaki Noir - Durian / Dourian / Lau Lin - Ginger Root - Hairy Melon / Moa Gua - Jute / Jew's Mallow / Meloukhia / Meloukhiya Sheitaani - Kaffir Lime Leaves - Longan / Litchi Ponceau / Loon Ngan / Lengkleng (like Lychee) - Lychee - Mangosteen / Saan Jook / Manggis - Sin Qua / Luffa - smooth and angled - Soursop / Guanabana - Star Apple - Taro / Woo Tau / Dalo / Sato-Imo leaves (leaves ok? raw taro root poisonous ) - Water Spinach / Convolvulus / Ung Choy / Yeung Choy / Kang Kung - White Radish / Daikon / Loh Baak / Mu - White Sapote / Casimiroa - Winter Melon / Wax Melon / Dong Gua - Yam Bean / Jicama / Di Gwa / Sinkamas / Seng Kuang / Kuzuimo (root ok?, leaves & stems poisonous) - Yam / Shuyu / Ubi / Yama Imo (this tuber is safe for guinea pigs to eat)
Other Fruit and Vegetables:
- Acerola- West Indian, Pitanga, Surinam, Sour, Sweet - Babaco - Borage - Breadfruit - Burdock - Cardoon - Cassava / Yucca Root - Catus - Chayota - Cherimoya - Custard apple - Dock - Eggplant - Fern bracken - Fiddlehead Fern shoots - Ginger - Jujube (high vit C) - Kailan - Kiwano - Komatsuna - Kumquat - Lemon Grass - Longan - Loquat - Mizuna - Okra - Opuntia Cactus - Oregano - Plantain banana (needs cooking, high starch) - Pomegranate - Quince - Rosemary - Sage - Sakata - Salsify / Oyster plant - Sapodilla - Sorrel - Soy beans and soy products (too high in protein?) - Star fruit - Sugar Cane (too high in sugar?) - Tapioca (too high in starch & calories?) - Yucca
http://members.aol.com/squeakpig/vitc.html - uses info from: United States Department of Agriculture: Food Industry Red Book: Nutrient Tables. US Government Printing Office (1998). Washington, DC:
http://www.thefruitpages.com/contents.shtml - uses info from: Nevo Foundation: Nevo table, Netherlands Nutrition Centre (1996)
http://www.naturalhub.com/natural_f...t_vitamin_c.htm - uses info from: Unites States Department of Agriculture: Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 12 (1998)
Compiled By Lena
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