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also called great basil, is a culinary herb that is native to tropical regions of central Africa to Southeast Asia.
Basil is an annual growing herb used for its leaves. It is most commonly used fresh in recipes and being enjoyed as a flavorful addition to dishes all over the world.
There are many rituals and beliefs associated with basil e.g. the French call basil "l'herbs Royale" - royal herb, while Jewish folklore suggests it adds strength while fasting. In Portugal it is traditionally presented in a pot, together with a poem and a paper carnation for a sweetheart on the religious holidays of St. John and St. Anthony.
Basil leaves are very suitable for a proper Degu diet since their sensitive G.I. tracts are not used to wet and sugary food. They can become diabetics very easily.
Degus originate from the arid plains of the Andes in Chili and should therefore be fed a variety of herbs, leaves, roots and some seeds. Even the most common pellets are questionable since all pellets are held together by some form of carbohydrates.
Please keep always in mind when you serve your pet new food:
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Please note that some of these herbs like dandelions, red clover and nettles contain a larger amount of calcium compared to other herbs or flowers. In their fresh state some of these herbs may be diuretic but if you have an animal with bladder stones or issues with bladder sludge we suggest to consult your vet before offering these as treats.
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