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Vegetables, herbs and some fruit for rabbits

A list of fruit vegetables and herbs that can be fed to rabbits

Vegetables and herbs

Rabbits enjoy fruit and vegetables. All the leafy green herbs and vegetables that are available from supermarkets are suitable and safe for rabbits despite the lists of potential toxins that are sometimes published. Surplus and discarded plants from the vegetable garden are also enjoyed by rabbits. Some examples are shown here. A full list is given below:

  • Artichokes: tubers and leaves
  • Apple- fruit, leaves and twigs, 
  • Basil
  • Beetroot roots and leaves
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprout peelings
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots and carrot tops
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower leaves
  • Chicory
  • Coriander
  • Corncobs
  • Green beans
  • Kale
  • Kohl rabi
  • Lettuce (it is not harmful although lettuce is mostly water. This can be beneficial)
  • Mustard leaves
  • Parsley
  • Peas- plants and peapods
  • Pear- fruit, leaves and twigs
  • Parsnips and parsnip tops
  • Radish and radish tops
  • Raspberry leaves
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring greens (spring cabbage, collard),
  • Strawberry plants
  • Sunflowers plants
  • Swedes
  • Sweetcorn cobs and plants
  • Turnips
  • Watercress. 

Fruit and root vegetables are included in this list. They are fine for slim rabbits but can contribute to obesity because of their sugar content and because of the type of fibre they contain. Although fruit and root vegetables are not fattening for humans, this is not the case in rabbits. The particles of fibre are small so they are moved into the caecum where they are are easily converted by bacteria into volatile fatty acids and ultimately fat