8 Great Sources Of Vitamin C (That Aren’t Oranges)

Oranges aren’t the only way to give your patrons much needed doses of vitamin C. From tropical fruits to savory peppers, there are tons of awesome ways to bring the vitamin C. Whenever you need to help someone bust a cold or promote their immune system, try reaching for these fruits and vegetables instead of a juicy orange.

Guava

You may be surprised to know that guavas actually have the highest concentration of vitamin C per serving! Each cup of guava has 377 milligrams compared to 97.5 milligrams in a single orange, so for each serving of guava, you’re getting 419% of your recommended daily dose. To keep things extra healthy, try adding guava to a tropical fruit smoothie.

Green Jalapeños

Spice is nice. Interestingly enough, a single young green jalapeño actually has a higher vitamin C content than an orange. Of course, you’d never serve someone a jalapeño on its on, so try adding one to a light chicken or fish dish. You don’t have to worry about making things too spicy for your eaters either; green jalapeños are milder than their red and orange counterparts. 

Red Bell Peppers

If you’re trying to avoid spicy dishes, red bell peppers are another great way to get vitamin C. Raw red bell peppers have the highest vitamin C content out of any vegetable and actually rank second overall with 190 milligrams per cup. It’s important to note that bell peppers lose a little bit of their vitamin C during the cooking process, but it’s fairly minimal. If you’re not sure where to start, try making these unique bell pepper dishes!

Grapefruit

Love citrus but want to try something different? Consider using grapefruit juice! While whole grapefruit has a decent amount of vitamin C, the juice is a much better source; 8oz has about 94 milligrams of vitamin C. For best results, make some fresh pressed juice using the tart fruit.

Broccoli

We’re sorry to tell you, your mom was definitely right to force broccoli on you as a kid. Besides having a killer nutritional profile on its own, broccoli is a solid source of vitamin C, containing 81mg per cup. Beyond the standout nutritional profile, broccoli is a great standby to keep in your kitchen because it’s flexible to many different cooking methods.

Potatoes

Weirdly enough, a single potato has roughly 81% of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C. Even though this is lower than other items on this list, potatoes deserve a spot simply due to their versatility; potatoes can be used to create gluten-free pasta, serve as a filling side dish, or add a hearty bite to stews.

Thyme

Using this herb may be the easiest way to give savory dishes an extra punch of vitamin C. A single ounce offers 50% of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C, not to mention solid amounts of vitamin A, calcium, iron, and manganese! Thyme is also a natural flavor enhancer, so you can add it to dishes with different flavor profiles to great effect.

Strawberries

When it comes to vitamin C packed berries, strawberries take the cake. The red wonder has 108% of your daily dose per cup and is also rich in potassium and folate. Unlike other items on this list, strawberries are often eaten out of hand, so simply serve a few on the side of a greater dish for a quick immunity booster.