Grapefruit is the subtropical citrus tree which is known for its sour-to semi-sweet fruit.
The evergreen grapefruit tree usually grows to around 5-6 metres althought they can reach betwee 13-15m. It has leaves that are glossy dark green and are long and thin.
The fruit is yellow-orange skinned and generally and oblate spheroid in shape. It measures between 10-15cm in diameter and their flesh is segmented and acidic.
They vary in colour depending on the cultivars, including white, pink, and red pulps of varying sweetness.
So can rabbits eat grapefruit at all?
Lets take a look at their nutritional data to find out more about them.
In particular, we are interested in their acidic, sugar, phosphorus, fibre, calcium, sodium content.
Energy 138 kJ (33 kcal)
Sugars 7.31 g
Dietary fiber 1.1 g
Fat 0.10 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.037 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.020 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.269 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (6%) 0.283 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.043 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Choline (2%) 7.7 mg
Vitamin C (40%) 33.3 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.13 mg
Calcium (1%) 12 mg
Iron (0%) 0.06 mg
Magnesium (3%) 9 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.013 mg
Phosphorus (1%) 8 mg
Potassium (3%) 148 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
Water 90.48 g
As you can see grapefruit contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, they are quite acidic, and contain quite a lot of sugar.
This means that they can eat grapefruit but keep it to a minimum. Once a week in a few small segments will suffice. Avoid giving them the seeds.
Anything more than this risks giving the rabbit tummy ache.
Can rabbits eat grapefruit skin?
Yes they can eat grapefruit skin. But again, not too much.