Raspberries are an edible fruit from the plant species in the genus Rubis of the rose family. They are a perennial fruit that has woody stems.
They are grown for the fresh fruit market and for commercial uses where they are individually quick frozen, puréed, juiced, or as-dried. They were a midsummer crop but are now grown all year round.
So can rabbits eat raspberries at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data, in particular their fat, fibre, sugar, calcium, phosphorus, sodium and acidic content.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 220 kJ (53 kcal)
Carbohydrates 11.94 g
Sugars 4.42 g
Dietary fiber 6.5 g
Fat 0.65 g
Protein 1.2 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%)0.032 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%)0.038 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%)0.598 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
Vitamin B6 (4%)0.055 mg
Folate (B9) (5%)21 μg
Choline (3%)12.3 mg
Vitamin C (32%)26.2 mg
Vitamin E (6%)0.87 mg
Vitamin K (7%)7.8 μg
Calcium (3%)25 mg
Iron (5%)0.69 mg
Magnesium (6%)22 mg
Manganese (32%)0.67 mg
Phosphorus (4%)29 mg
Potassium (3%)151 mg
Zinc (4%)0.42 mg
As you can see raspberries contain a little phosphorus, calcium, have quite a bit of acidic content, sugar, fibre, and a hint of fat.
This means that rabbits can eat raspberries. A few a week will be more than sufficient for them but make sure that they don’t eat too much because of their acidic content.
So if they can eat raspberries what about other parts of the growth of raspberry.
Can rabbits eat raspberry leaves?
Yes rabbits can eat raspberry leaves, they are fine for them to eat. They have very good astringent properties.
Can rabbits eat raspberry canes?
Yes they can eat raspberry canes although they may not find them particularly tasty.
Can rabbits eat frozen raspberries?
Unfortunately, they cant eat frozen raspberries and much prefer them raw. They just cant eat them frozen.
Can rabbits eat raspberry plants and bushes?
They can eat raspberry plants and bushes as they are perfectly fine for them to eat. Just bear in mind how much they eat as they may eat a lot of it which may hurt their tummies if they have too much.
Can rabbits eat black raspberries?
Black raspberries are native to north america and is closely related to the Western European raspberry. Its other names are the wild black raspberry, black caps, black cap raspberry, thimbleberry, and scotch cap. They have a unique flavour which is quite different to the raspberries described above however, this is the only nutritional information I could find about them.
For 100g IQF Black Raspberries
Total fat .14 g
Protein 1.35 g
Dietary Fiber 1.68 g
Vitamin A 38.00IU
Vitamin C 2.36mg
source oregon berries
They do describe them as being rich in Ellagic acid which is not good for bunnies so would only give them one at the very most. Im also keen to know how much sugar they have in them.