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Discussion in 'Foods, Treats & Home Recipes.' started by vckums, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. Hermielover<3

    Hermielover<3 "Never Molted"

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    When you mean cuttle bone, can I feed them bird cuttlebone,
    because I have a bird and she eats it all the time.....
    (cuttlebone-flavored? unflavored?)
     
  2. Hermielover<3

    Hermielover<3 "Never Molted"

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    Can I use unflavored bird cuttle bone?
    Is it the same?
     
  3. vckums

    vckums Moderator

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    I've not heard of jicama. What is it?

    bloodworms are fine. You can let them defrost in a food dish.
     
  4. vckums

    vckums Moderator

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    plain cuttlebone yes. I'm not sure what they use to flavor the ones in the store, so if you can find out let us know.
     
  5. WizKidsMom

    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    I wouldn't even try it.

    In contrast to the root, the remainder of the jícama plant is very poisonous; the seeds contain the toxin rotenone, which is used to poison insects and fish.

    Vicky - it is an edible (to humans) tuberous root that is yellow and papery, while its inside is creamy white with a crisp texture that resembles raw potato or pear. The flavor is sweet and starchy, reminiscent of some apples, and it is usually eaten raw, sometimes with salt, lemon, or lime juice and chili powder. It is grown mainly in Mexico.
     
  6. ninjasgorawr

    ninjasgorawr (Micro Crab)

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    and it is REALLY good! :D

    WizKids- thanks for the warning! i would have put some in there if i hadnt known!
     
  7. Jedi_sena

    Jedi_sena (Micro Crab)

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    Jicama is safe. Bloodworms can be fed frozen, although the crabs might not go to them until they warm to room temperature.
     
  8. WizKidsMom

    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Jedi - what list did you find it on? I couldn't find it on any safe list.
     
  9. Jedi_sena

    Jedi_sena (Micro Crab)

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    It is very possible that jicima has not made it onto any list yet, but it is safe. It isn't a favorite food of hermit crabs and many people don't even know what it is, so it is not surprising to me that no one has included it in their lists.
     
  10. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    ya but where does it say it safe!!!!!!
     
  11. vckums

    vckums Moderator

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    I googled it and here's the info, some of it Wiz has already posted.

    In contrast to the root, the remainder of the jícama plant is very poisonous; the seeds contain the toxin rotenone, which is used to poison insects and fish.
    Jícama is high in carbohydrates in the form of dietary fiber. It is composed of 86-90% water; it contains only trace amounts of protein and lipids. Its sweet flavour comes from the oligofructose inulin (also called fructo-oligosaccharide).
    JÃ*cama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Since hermit crabs eat small amounts I wouldn't recommend this for theese two reasons,the high water content and only having trace amounts of proteins and lipids. There's better options to feed them.
     
  12. Jedi_sena

    Jedi_sena (Micro Crab)

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    Re: Unsafe Food List

    I agree. No one is calling jicama a superfood, just that it is safe (the tuber itself) and can be fed as part of a widely varied diet.
    Jicama is sometimes called yambean. According to NutritionData.com, "It is...a good source of Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C."
    As for the water content, I think it is important to provide juicy fresh fruits and vegetables since so much of what I feed personally is dried. In my case it helps me maintain a healthy balance in the diet.
    Here's a great recipe for humans and crabs alike: diced jicama, diced red bell pepper, chopped cilantro and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. YUMMY!
     
  13. XregretableloveX

    XregretableloveX Hi, I'm New Here!

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    how about these parts of them?

    - watermelon rinds
    - pineapple rinds
    - orange skin
    - a whole cucumber -- 8 inches
     
  14. vckums

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    As for the rinds, they eat the pith part of the fruit. The orange skin they won't touch, again just the pith. As for the cucumber I'm not sure about the skin, they will eat the insides though.
     
  15. Jedi_sena

    Jedi_sena (Micro Crab)

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    vckums, do you have any reservations about feeding cucumber seeds? I had some well developed seeds that I removed when processing this summer's crop because I remember a caution about cantelope seeds. Not sure if they'd be similar enough to worrry or not.
     
  16. vckums

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    What was the caution about the canteloup seeds?

    When I put the cucumber pieces in I didn't take the seeds out, but I don't remember that area being eaten either. It was mainly the meat.
     
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    Jedi_sena (Micro Crab)

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    I can't remember the exact reason, but it seems like Julia_crab said the seed of canteloup contain a sort of toxin.

    Usually, I process my cucumber all together, seeds, rind (if not from grocery store & waxed), but this bunch had well-developed seeds that contained a good nut within the husk so I scooped them out to be on the safe side. But I'm wondering if I didn't discard the part with superior nutrition. If it is safe, it would have the properties of a seed or nut and all sorts of omega fatty acids and such.... I'm intrigued by the prospect. I still have a bunch more cucumers like that, so I may just blend them up and do a food trial on them alone.

    I just thought you may have some insights too.
     
  18. Jedi_sena

    Jedi_sena (Micro Crab)

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    I found a source that says cucumber seeds shouldn't be fed to guinea pigs.
     
  19. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Wow I'm glad to know that...I have guinnea pigs at my school and I do give them cucumber on occasion...:eek:
     
  20. vckums

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    I've got a good friend who's raised guinea pigs for a long time. I asked her about the Cuc's and she said she's fed them cuc's with no problems. They aren't a daily feed but on occasion. She hadn't heard of anything bad about the seeds.
     

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