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Old 06-06-2017, 08:24 AM   #1
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Tinned Palm Hearts?

I'm always on the look out for unusual fruit and veg (both for myself and Olive!) and 'hearts of palm' was one that kept cropping up on list of foods that are nutritious for parrotlets, being high in Iron, Calcium, Vit C, Protein, and other good things.

However, I can't find palm hearts in any form other than tinned in salted water. It doesn't seem to be available as a fresh/raw product, at least not in the UK. The brand I ended up buying has a salt content of 0.6g per 100g.

Do you guys reckon it would be okay to feed some palm heart to my parrotlet if I rinse it thoroughly? Or should I keep them all for myself? :P
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I love hearts of palm! But I wouldn't feed tinned veggies to a parrotlet. I would worry about the salt content that gets pushed into the vegetables during the tinning process.
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Yeah, a rinsed taste or two should be fine, but I wouldn't let Olive have an entire meal of it.
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:11 PM   #4
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I had an avian vet that wasn't a fan of canned food for bird because of the risk of bacteria, not to mention the salt content. I'd skip it.
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I had an avian vet that wasn't a fan of canned food for bird because of the risk of bacteria, not to mention the salt content. I'd skip it.
Do you remember if your vet specified any particular bacteria? I was under the impression that unless a canned food is somehow underprocessed or post-processing contamination occurs (punctures, dents, etc), the canning process itself destroys any non-heat-stable pathogens. If heat-stable pathogens (such as Clostridium botulinum spores) are present, that's very bad news for the human consumers, let alone their pets!
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It was years ago with the previous bird, so I don't remember any more specifics other than the strict "nothing canned." The vet did suggest frozen instead, though. In the US we can get frozen hearts of palm (Trader Joes has them)...I don't know about the UK though.
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Aaah I see. If they can be bought frozen then I would imagine that's what the parrot food lists are referring to, rather than tinned.

Not to worry, I shall eat these tinned ones myself. :P

I know of a few grocery stores near me that might stock such a thing as frozen palm hearts - I'll let you know if I find them.
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