Yes – Broccoli including the leaves and stems can be consumed by rabbits in moderation.
What is broccoli?
Broccoli is a green vegetable that belongs to the cabbage family and is part of the brassica oleracea species. It is a green plant that has small flower buds on top of a thick green stem.
It’s closely related to cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. There are several different varieties of broccoli, with the most common being green and purple.
What are the health benefits of broccoli?
Broccoli is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Specifically, it’s a great source of Vitamin K, A, and C.
How to prepare broccoli for a rabbit
- Cut off the florets and wash thoroughly to remove any pesticides, dirt or bugs that may be present.
- Serve to your rabbit.
- Peel the broccoli stem and cut off the top and ends wash thoroughly.
- Cut into smaller pieces before serving.
How much broccoli to give to a rabbit
A general guideline is 1 tablespoon per 2 pounds body weight. Broccoli contains low levels of oxalate but moderate levels of calcium so should be consumed in moderation as it can cause gastrointestinal problems (e.g. gas).
How to store broccoli
You can store broccoli whole or in pieces in a bag in your vegetable drawer in the refrigerator for a few days.
Where can I buy broccoli?
You can usually find broccoli in your local grocery store in the produce section.
No – broccoli and broccolini are two different vegetables. Broccolini is a crossbreed between broccoli and gai Ian or ‘Chinese kale’.
Yes – Rabbits can also eat purple broccoli in moderation.