Hopping down the bunny trail!
We declare this the year of the rabbit. These underrated critters are so much more than cuddly good looks. There’s a lot to learn from bunnies (just keep reading). Get ready to meet the most adorable 4-footed family around. We’re jumping with joy over these Easter décor arrivals–exclusive to Country Door. But beware, buying one Cottontail can lead to more. They seem to breed like, well, rabbits.
Each Cottontails piece starts with a lightweight molded foam core. Natural sisal fiber is meticulously placed and shaped by hand-a complicated and time-consuming process to bring these rabbits to life. Sisal, a fiber derived from the agave plant, emits a subtle, fresh fragrance.
Without further ado, we introduce this hare-y family, share a few fun bunny facts and break down the merits of a rabbit diet.
Every day means gardening for Mr. Cottontail. He heads home to the hollow in his carrot-mobile after a long day’s work nibbling lettuce, pulling carrots and gathering a few greens for the family. Mr. Cottontail enjoys reading, nose-twitching and sleeping.
The children’s classic “Peter Rabbit” was inspired by author Beatrix Potter’s pet rabbit, Benjamin Bouncer. Potter, an animal lover, was even known to take Benjamin for walks on a leash.
Eating primarily fresh greens, fruits and vegetables, rabbits could be the healthiest animals around. Try adding watercress to your diet-it’s loaded with Vitamin K and also contains vitamins A, C and B6, calcium and manganese.
Not one for idle chatter, Mrs. Cottontail stays busy gathering wild herbs and flowers. She’s a culinary master, creating delicious salads and fresh vegetable displays for family and friends. In her spare time, Mrs. Cottontail enjoys picnics, lawn bowls and fairy gardens.
The rabbits in Robert Adams’ modern classic novel “Watership Down” were inspired by the World War II 250 Airborne Light Company and the battle of Arnhem.
Spinach is still one of the best vegetables around-just ask Popeye. All joking aside, this leafy plant retains its nutritious punch fresh, frozen, steamed or blanched. It’s loaded with vitamins A, C, K, E and Bs, and also includes potassium, calcium and iron.
Beatrix and her twin Benjamin keep their parents busy! Beatrix was excited to start school at the Rabbit Warren this year. She loves basket weaving, making daisy chains and hopscotch.
Animated rabbit Bugs Bunny was the first cartoon character to appear on a postage stamp. Bugs and Mickey Mouse were also the first two animals to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Buy your root vegetables with the greens. Beets, radishes, carrots and turnips all grow with leafy tops packed in vitamins and other essential nutrients. Keep those greens for salads, pestos, soups or smoothies. Don’t throw them away-said rabbits everywhere!
Just try to keep up with Benjamin! This very busy youngster won first prize at the annual “Hop, Skip & A Jump” triathlon. He and his twin sister Beatrix also learned to ride bikes this year.
The Easter Bunny as an Easter symbol began in Germany more than 300 years ago. He originally brought colored eggs to good children, similar to Santa Claus bringing presents.
Treat herbs like lettuce. A well-balanced rabbit diet includes fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, fennel, dill and borage. It’s time for an herb makeover. Toss them fresh in a salad. Treat them like microgreens on sandwiches. Take a fresh approach to herbs.
Uncle Harvey Cottontail
He stands a hare above the rest! Uncle Harvey’s larger stature makes his presence known. He comes from a long line of giant hares. Recruited at an early age for basketball, Uncle Harvey instead became a garden scout expert, using his height as an advantage when surveying new potential feeding areas. His nieces and nephews love to join the fun and ride along in his bunny pack.
The White Rabbit, an anthropomorphic character in Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece “Alice in Wonderland,” still makes an impression today. “Down the rabbit hole,” “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date” and “follow the white rabbit” are all references to the frenzied page with a pocketwatch.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Wild “weeds” like dandelion greens are good for you and free. But be careful when you forage. Fields are sometimes sprayed with weed killers. Only take from areas you know are safe.