Can a rabbit eat turnips?

Yes – Turnips including turnip greens can be fed to your rabbit in moderation.

Can a rabbit eat turnips?

What are turnips?


Turnips are a cruciferous vegetable that are members of the Brassica family. It is so closely related to the cabbage that it is sometimes referred to as a ‘white turnip, bitter white cabbage or rutabega’. They come in a variety of colors like white, purple, and yellow and have a mild and somewhat sweet taste.

Turnip greens

Turnip greens are the leaves of the plant and they are most often used as a leafy vegetable.

What are the health benefits of turnips?

Turnip and turnip greens is also a good source of antioxidants making them good for your rabbit’s immune system. They are also a great source of Vitamin C and K, potassium, folate and calcium.

How to prepare turnips for a rabbit


  1. Wash the turnips under running water.
  2. Peel the skin of the turnips.
  3. Slice into smaller pieces then serve in your rabbit’s dish.

Turnip greens

  1. Rinse turnip leaves thoroughly removing any discoloured or dead bits.
  2. Remove any thick stems and chop the remaining turnip greens into smaller pieces.
  3. Drain the water and add the greens to your rabbit’s bowl.

How much turnips to give to a rabbit


The recommended amount of turnips is about 1 tablespoon per 2 pounds body weight.

Turnip greens

For turnip greens, the recommended amount is to give for a rabbit is about ½ to 1 cup per 2lbs body weight.

How to store turnips

To store turnips or turnip greens, they should be kept in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. They can be stored this way for up to three days.

Where can I buy turnips?

Fresh turnip and turnip greens can be bought at grocery stores and farmers markets and can even be grown in your backyard. Tip: They are known as a “cool season” crop, which means they grow best in the spring and fall.


Do turnip greens contain calcium?

Yes – Turnip greens contain relatively high levels of calcium.

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