can rabbits eat eggplant

Can Rabbits eat Eggplant?

Eggplant is a popular food eaten across the United States. Also called ‘Aubergine’ it is actually a fruit an not a vegetable, which some including myself thought it was. The great thing about writing these posts is that you learn all kinds of things like this!

It is a fruit that is grown all across the world and there different kinds of aubergine such as glossy, bulbous, glossy, deep purple zepplin-like types which are common to Mediterranean cuisine, bulbous, tubular Asian types, small and plump, Ivory or the minute examples in grown in Thailand.

So if we can eat eggplant, then can rabbits eat it at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more about them.

In particular we are interested in its starch, sugar, phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content as they affect rabbits the most.

Energy 104 kJ (25 kcal)
Carbohydrates
5.88 g
Sugars 3.53 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat 0.18 g
Protein 0.98 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.039 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.037 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.649 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.281 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.084 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.2 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.3 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.5 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 9 mg
Iron (2%) 0.23 mg
Magnesium (4%) 14 mg
Manganese (11%) 0.232 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (5%) 229 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.16mg

Source: Wikipedia

As you can see eggplant contains a hint of phosphorus, they are a little acidic and are quite sweet. However, they do contain a little fiber and a little vitamin content.

With this in mind, rabbits can eat eggplant but not too much of it.

Twice to three times a week a week should suffice nicely enough for them, but nothing more than that. This is because of their sugar content in eggplant.

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