I just updated the Forbidden Foods information article with additional details regarding feeding plums and their stone, or pit, to pet rats.
Here is an excerpt from Practically Edible:
The pit of the Plum has cyanogens in it, which are bound molecules of sugar and cyanide. When this bond is broken, the cyanide becomes free and able to act. The cyanogens don’t leak at all into the flesh of the fruit, for some reason, but should it ever occur to you to try fermenting Plum pits, or to break them up and roast them as snack food, it might not be such a great idea.
The meat of the plum is generally a good thing for pet rats so that is fine as far as I’ve been able to find in my research, it just the pits that should not be fed to them, just in case.
Thanks go to the RatChatter forum member slinky_whippet for starting the thread.
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