Fruit and vegetables are commonly fed to gerbils, and they can be wide ranging. But have in mind if you feed your gerbils fruit and vegetable, that you give them a weekly small portion and both only as treats in small quantities.
In smaller amounts fruit and vegetables present little risk for gerbils and rodents in general, but overdosage can lead to health problems.
Make sure that all frutis and veggies are well washed and pesticide free before feeding.
Avoid giving seeds from the fruit or vegetable because they can be toxic for your gerbil.
In general all that is ok for humans to eat will be ok for rodents, but give only in small amounts and as treats. You can also read more about which food to avoid and give only in small amounts here.
Also if you want to learn and understand more you can visit the egerbil website, they have great advice and statements on this topic.
MOSTLY USED AND SAFE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
If it’s your first time giving your gerbil fresh fruit and veggies give only small amounts to them to see if they like it. Don’t let them eat too much at once because they can get an upset stomach and diarrhea which can often be deadly for small animals like gerbils.
Remember to remove seeds(because they can be toxic) and make sure that all fresh fruit and vegetables are well washed before giving them to your gerbils.
Feed fresh vegetables and fruit occasionly once a week in small portions only as treats.
Don’t forget to remove leftovers out of the cage, that way you’ll prevent the food from rotting and your gerbils won’t have the chance to hide it for later.
DRIED FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Gerbils enjoy dried vegetables and fruit, and just like fresh the dried ones should be given im small portions.
Dried fruit like apples, bananas, apricots, sultanas, raisins are sweet tasting and high in simple sugars which makes them a nice treat.
Dried vegetable flakes like carrots, peas, parsnip etc. are also a good treat for gerbils, they are also available in commercial rodent mixes and treats.
You can make dried fruit/vegetables yourself by choping them in smaller pieces and putting them in the oven until they are shriveled (shrunken) at 60 °C (140 °F).
Note that even if the fruit/vegetable is dried it is still concentrated and should be given only as treats in small amount.
I wouldn’t recommend giving citrus fruit to gerbils, but in small quantities they will do no harm, and especially dried ones. Dried citrus fruits are more preferable, because the higher water content in fresh ones can cause loose stools.
I’ve heard that gerbils really like dried citrus fruit, but I didn’t try out with mine.
Let me know in the comments if you tried it and did your gerbils like it.
Note that the food named here is not a danger for your gerbils, but needs to be given less often and in smaller amounts as treats. Every person, owner, expert has their own theories of what a perfect diet is, what food to/not to use and how to overall care for a gerbil. I did my research and put my own opinions of fruit and vegetables for gerbils here. Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with my list and why.