What Fruits & Veggies Can Guinea Pigs Eat? A Guinea Pig Food List

Guinea pigs can eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and green leaves. However, not all fresh fruit and veg are suitable and some shouldn't be fed in large quantities or too often. 

To help you find the best and safe fresh food for your guinea pigs we’ve put together a food chart showing how often and how much you can feed these foods to your piggies. You can also purchase our extremely popular PRINTABLE FOOD LIST PDF and also check out our PRINTABLE CARE SHEETS.

Offer a balanced diet

A healthy diet is one that is varied as it helps give a good range of nutrients. 

It’s important to remember that as well as their fresh fruit and veggies, guinea pigs need unlimited amounts of hay at all times and a portion of good quality guinea pig pellets every day.

Best greens for guinea pigs

Green leaves are extremely important in a guinea pig’s diet. Some of the best greens and ones they generally like are lettuce (but NOT iceberg), spring greens, kale, various herbs including mint, parsley, coriander (cilantro) and basil as well as foraged plants providing they are safe. Sow thistle and dandelion leaves are popular with our piggies!

Other favourite vegetables

Some of the other vegetables that are often favourites with guinea pigs are carrots, celery, cucumber, sweet peppers, corn on the cob and tomatoes to name just a few.

Vitamin C

Guinea pigs need plenty of vitamin C in their diet to keep healthy as their bodies can’t make this vitamin by itself. Because of this, some pet stores will tell you they need vitamin C supplements. A supplement is actually unnecessary as they should be getting plenty of this nutrient from their fresh fruit and veg. However, if they aren't eating fruit and veg properly for whatever reason, it may be necessary to give a supplement.

Sweet peppers (especially yellow ones), kale and parsley are great sources of vitamin C.

How much fruit can a guinea pig eat?

Fruit is high in sugar so your guinea pig’s fresh food should consist mainly of vegetables with the odd small piece of fruit now and again.

A diet that is too high in fruit can cause diarrhoea and may lead to obesity which can cause other health problems in your guinea pig so just be careful on quantities.

How much daily fruit & veg for one guinea pig

A cup or two of mainly vegetables with the odd fruit treat now and again is about the right amount of fresh food for a daily portion for one guinea pig. You can feed them just once a day, in the morning or evening or split it into 2 portions. For example,  you might want to feed them pellets in the morning and fresh food in the evening or vice versa. 

Can guinea pigs eat frozen fruit and veg?

Frozen fruits or vegetables are not suitable for guinea pigs so they should only be fed fresh foods. If you can’t get fresh food for any reason, see if you can forage for safe plants or weeds. You may be surprised how many of these are growing around where you live!

To discover which foods are poisonous or unsafe for your guinea pigs to eat, check out our list of dangerous foods for guinea pigs…

Quick guide to feeding fresh fruit and veggies to your guinea pigs

  • Feed 1-2 cups a day of fresh food (can be foraged safe weeds or vegetables and occasional fruit)
  • Don’t feed iceberg lettuce as it has little nutritional content
  • Fruit should be given in small quantities and not too often
  • Always wash fruit & vegetables thoroughly in case they have any pesticides etc on them
  • Persist with foods they don’t like at first as they can be fussy with new tastes
  • Always check the food you’re giving is safe for your piggies to eat
  • Most importantly, vary their fresh food for a good nutritionally balanced diet

Below is our food chart with lots of fruits and vegetables with which you can tempt your guinea pig.  If you want a printable pdf version for easy daily reference and also beautifully designed in full colour, check out our PRINTABLE FOOD LIST PDF.

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List of Safe Fruit & Vegetables

Apple

Apples

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Apricots

Apricot

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Asparagus

Asparagus

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Baby Corn - also known as cornlets

Baby Corn

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Bananas with Skin and a Peeled Banana

Bananas

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Basil (herb)

Basil

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Beetroot with greens

Beet Greens

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Beetroot

Beetroot

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Blueberries

Blueberries

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Broccoli with leaves and stalks

Broccoli

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Green Cabbage

Cabbage (Green)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Red Cabbage

Cabbage (Red)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Savoy Cabbage

Cabbage (Savoy)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Carrots

Carrots

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Cauliflower with leaves

Cauliflower Leaves

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Celery with leaves

Celery (Stalks and Leaves)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Sour Cherries

Cherries (sour)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Sweet Cherries

Cherries (sweet)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Collards (Greens)

Collards (Greens)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Coriander (Cilantro)

Coriander (Cilantro)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Courgette (Zucchini)

Courgette (Zucchini)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Cranberries

Cranberries

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Cress

Cress

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Cucumber

Cucumber

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Dandelions: Leaves and Flowers

Dandelions (Leaves/Greens and Flowers)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Dill

Dill

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Fennel bulbs

Fennel

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Bunch of Green and Red (Black) Grapes

Grapes

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Green Beans

Green Beans

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Curly Kale

Kale

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi Fruit

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Lettuce (butterhead / boston / bibb)

Lettuce (Butterhead / Boston / Bibb)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Red Leaf Lettuce

Lettuce (Red Leaf)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Romaine or Cos Lettuce

Lettuce (Romaine/Cos/Little Gem)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Mango

Mango

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Cantaloupe Melon

Melon (Cantaloupe)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Honeydew Melon

Melon (Honeydew)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Watermelon

Melon (Watermelon)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Mint (Peppermint)

Mint (Peppermint)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Nectarines

Nectarine

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Pak Choi / Bok Choy

Pak Choi (Bok Choy)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Papaya (pawpaw)

Papaya (PawPaw)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Parsley

Parsley

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Passionfruit

Passionfruit

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Peaches

Peach

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Pears

Pear

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Fresh Peas

Peas

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Green Peppers

Peppers (Sweet Green)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Sweet Red Peppers

Peppers (Sweet Red)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Yellow Peppers

Peppers (Sweet Yellow)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Fresh Pineapple

Pineapple

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Plums

Plum

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Pumpkins

Pumpkin

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Radishes

Radishes

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Raspberries

Raspberries

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Rocket Salad Leaves (Arugula)

Rocket Salad (Arugula)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Spinach Leaves

Spinach

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Corn on the Cob (Sweetcorn)

Sweetcorn (Corn on the Cob)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Thyme (herb)

Thyme

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Ripe Red Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Turnip

Turnip Greens

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Watercress

Watercress

Feed a couple of times a week
more info