Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chili Peppers For Bunnies

Howdy All!
We survived Mother Nature's nonprejudicial attempt to wipe central Oklahoma off the map.
So onward we continue with sweet precious life...

Let's talk peppers. My bunnehs will not eat a green bell pepper unless there is nothing else fresh to nom. They like the orange, red, and yellow bell peppers just fine. AH, but those are super sweet and juicy. Of COURSE they love them.
What came as a shock is their love of chili peppers. As you may know, not all chili peppers are hot.  Take banana, poblano,  and anaheim peppers. Just a hint of heat, and a lot of flavor and sweet.  Bunnies love heat. I have known my Meany Girl to lick Tabasco sauce and snatch her some flaming hot Cheetos. Mysillygirlshe'ssopreciousIlovehertoomuch!!!
So let your bunnies have a little heat treat. Cut a chili pepper into chunks and let them nom away. If they don't like the taste or the heat, they will not eat it. They know what they like. Try the big gorgeously green anaheim peppers first, then work their way up the capsaicin ladder. Like humans, heat on the palate can be addicting. Let their endorphins run rampant, too. Heat causes pain, causes release of endorphins.  It is a natural high, like runners get, which is why hot foods make us crave more hot foods, and eventually, even hotter foods!
I leave the seeds, they love to chew them.  They even eat the stems.
I bet you would be surprised at how much they enjoy the muy caliente!

MMMM, don't these look nomilicious!

Beautiful, mild anaheim peppers. 

Makes you want to grow a "salsa garden". Mmmm, plant several species of peppers, onion, garlic, several types of tomato, cilantro, and parsley.... 


  1. yup green fingers are twitching,glad to see you posting again missed you,xx Speedy and Rachel

    1. Oh, I missed posting. I have been feeling dull as dishwater lately, moving slow.
      Come on over and you and I and Jane can invade the local farmers market, where everything is fresh and lovely.

  2. Packing right now! Gosh, Brandi, it is so good to hear from you and have you posting. This is such great information, too. I had no idea about any of it. At the shelter we find that we have two kinds of bunnies. Well, I guess I should say two kinds of behaviours that show up at treat times. There is the why are you trying to poison me/us behaviour where you hold the treat in your hand for a bunny who sniffs, wrinkles nose, backs away and then repeats. Then there is the "I did it my way" bunny who mugs you and jumps in the bowl. Where are the bunnies who say "no thank you," or "I think I'll pass this time" etc.? What would it hurt to say, "Don't mind if I do," or "Oh, those are just lovely. We'll take two." ? Sorry about the bad stuff. Please let us help if we can. Love, Juana

    1. Hahahaha Oh Jane never gonna happen,my last 2 bunny would mug us everytime there was food involved on Speedy has manners he climbs on you sniffing everything looking for his favourite treat but does it oh so gentle.Oh I so want to pack my bags and come on day!xx Rachel