Passion fruit is one of the most expensive fruits, especially in the United States, and this is because this fruit is in high demand. People love it and use it in many recipes. And because it is not being widely cultivated in the country, they’re mostly imported, so the prices can go very high. This tropical fruit is native to southern Brazil, this fruit is grown in some states, Florida, Hawaii, California, and Arizona. This rare fruit can taste like a combination of tartness and sweetness. It contains a lot of benefits as well, for whoever eats it.
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So, Can Parrots Eat Passion Fruit?
Yes, parrots can eat almost every type of fruit, and of course, passion fruit is just one type that parrots can eat safely with no problems. Passion fruit is rich in nutrients and many parrots like Conures, African Greys, Cockatoos, Macaws can benefit.
However, make sure that you chose the best fruit you can find, especially since passion fruit can turn from being so sweet, to extremely sour and tart in 1-2 days, causing the parrot to dislike it and probably waste, and not eat it.
And in this article, we will dive into everything you need to know, how to serve passion fruit to your parrot, how to choose the best fruit, and know is it is sweet or sour.
Is Passion Fruit Good For Your Parrot?
Of course, passion fruit is a wonderful choice you can serve to your parrot. Especially that is passion fruit is highly rich in nutrients and your bird can benefit and enjoy from that.
And according to USDA, every single fruit without refuse (18grams) of this type contains 17 calories, 5mg sodium, 63mg potassium, 4.2 grams of carbohydrate, 1.9 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 0.4 of protein. Not to mention the high amounts of Vitamin A and C in passion fruit.
Passion fruit also contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and folate These nutrients are all important for your parrot, and passion fruit is an excellent source of it, it can help to keep your parrot’s immune system as healthy as possible. It also helps with the parrot’s kidney, muscles, nerves, and cardiovascular system.
If you live in a place where you can find this fruit at lower prices, then I suggest you add it as an ingredient to your parrot’s daily meals, or as a treat from the time to time.
How to Prepare Passion Fruit for Your Parrot?
Preparing the passion fruit for your parrot is very easy, just cut in half and scoop out the yellowish or the reddish containments of the fruit and serve them to your parrot in a bowl, or you can just open the fruit in half and serve them as they are to the parrot.
Basically, this is how you can prepare passion fruit for your parrot. You can’t just give the fruit to your bird with your hand, as the edible part of the passion fruit is liquid and you can’t grab it like a mango or a piece of cucumber.
How To Choose the Fruit for Your Parrot?
When going to the market to buy passion fruit for your lovely parrot, you want to bring the best stuff out there, right? So, you don’t want to bring the sour fruit, but what you want is the sweet one.
However, the sour passion fruit will look like its surface is so smooth, the color could look like it’s pale. When you see this in passion fruit, you need to avoid it as it is still raw. The ripe fruits are fully colored, either dark purple or dark yellow, orange or red. Slightly wrinkled fruits are super ripe and will have a sweeter taste than smooth-skinned fruits.
Can Parrots Eat Passion Fruit Skin?
No parrots can’t eat the passion fruit skin, and it’s widely considered a non-edible component of the fruit. Not to mention that the skin of passion fruit comprises chemicals called cyanogenic glycosides, especially the purple passion fruit. These can combine with enzymes to form the cyanide.
And as you know, cyanide is a highly toxic chemical that should never be inside your parrot body. It may cause your bird to die if they ate big quantities of passion fruit skin.
Can Parrots Eat Passion Fruit Seeds?
Yes, parrots can the passion fruit seeds. Actually, it’s normal for whoever eats passion fruit to eat it with its seeds. It’s not practical to remove the seeds from the fruit and then serve them to the parrot. Unless you are used to removing the seeds from pomegranate when you eat, then you are all good. Let your bird have the seeds. They are safe and won’t cause them any problems.