Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin C

Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the maintenance of skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage, and wound healing. (1,2)

Vitamin C also helps protect cells against oxidative stress, which in turn provides protection against certain diseases, including cancer. (1,3)

Vitamin C, like zinc and vitamin A, also helps support your immune system. (4,5,6)

High vitamin C foods include guavas, bell peppers, kiwifruit, strawberries, oranges, papayas, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, and snow peas. The current daily value (DV) for vitamin C is 90mg. (7)

Below is a list high vitamin C foods ranked by a common serving size, use the nutrient ranking of over 200 foods high in vitamin C to see the foods highest in vitamin C by nutrient density (per gram), or see rankings of fruits high in vitamin C, and vegetables high in vitamin C.

High Vitamin C Foods

Half a guava1 Guavas
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
377mg
(419% DV)
228mg
(254% DV)
671mg
(746% DV)
Slices of kiwifruit2 Kiwifruit
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
167mg
(185% DV)
93mg
(103% DV)
304mg
(338% DV)
Bell peppers3 Bell Peppers
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
152mg
(169% DV)
128mg
(142% DV)
982mg
(1091% DV)

Red bell peppers provide around 50% more vitamin C than green bell peppers. View the complete comparison of green vs red bell peppers.

Strawberries4 Strawberries
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
98mg
(108% DV)
59mg
(65% DV)
368mg
(408% DV)

More Berries High in Vitamin C

  • 36% DV in 1 cup of raspberries
  • 34% DV in 1 cup of blackberries
  • 16% DV in 1 cup of blueberries

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Slices of orange5 Oranges
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
96mg
(106% DV)
53mg
(59% DV)
226mg
(252% DV)

More Citrus Fruit High in Vitamin C

  • 413% DV in 1 pomelo
  • 98% DV in 1 grapefruit
  • 40% DV in 1 clementine
  • 34% DV in 1 lemon
Papayas6 Papaya
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
88mg
(98% DV)
61mg
(68% DV)
283mg
(315% DV)

More Tropical Fruits High in Vitamin C

  • 88% DV in 1 cup of pineapple
  • 72% DV in 1 cup of cantaloupe melon
  • 67% DV in 1 cup of sliced mango
  • 34% DV in 1 cup of honeydew melon

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Broccoli7 Broccoli
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
81mg
(90% DV)
89mg
(99% DV)
525mg
(583% DV)

More Brassica Vegetables High in Vitamin C

  • 107% DV in 1 cup of brussels sprouts
  • 61% DV in 1 cup of cauliflower
  • 63% DV in 1 cup of cabbage

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Tomatoes8 Tomato
Vitamin C
per Cup Cooked
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
55mg
(61% DV)
23mg
(25% DV)
253mg
(281% DV)
Green peas9 Snow Peas
Vitamin C
per Cup
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
38mg
(42% DV)
60mg
(67% DV)
286mg
(317% DV)
Kale leaves10 Kale
Vitamin C
per Cup Cooked
Vitamin C
per 100g
Vitamin C
per 200 Calories
23mg
(26% DV)
18mg
(20% DV)
99mg
(110% DV)

More Green Leafy Vegetables High in Vitamin C

  • 44% DV in 1 cup of turnip greens
  • 35% DV in 1 cup of Swiss chard
  • 20% DV in 1 cup of spinach

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Vitamin C Foods by Nutrient Density (Vitamin C per Gram)

FoodServingVitamin C
1 Acerola Cherry100 grams1864% DV
(1678mg)
2 Dried Herbs (Coriander)100 grams630% DV
(567mg)
3 Rose Hips100 grams473% DV
(426mg)
4 Guavas100 grams254% DV
(228mg)
5 Sweet Yellow Peppers100 grams204% DV
(184mg)
6 Black Currants100 grams201% DV
(181mg)
7 Thyme100 grams178% DV
(160mg)
8 Red Chilies100 grams160% DV
(144mg)
9 Scotch Kale100 grams144% DV
(130mg)
10 Kiwifruit100 grams103% DV
(93mg)

Other Vitamin C Rich Foods

FoodServingVitamin C
1 Litchis (Lychees)per cup151% DV
(136mg)
2 Green Chillies1 pepper121% DV
(109mg)
3 Kohlrabi1 cup93% DV
(84mg)
4 Parsleyper cup89% DV
(80mg)
5 Orange Juiceper 8oz cup80% DV
(72mg)
6 Bitter Melonper cup45% DV
(41mg)
7 Starfruit (Carambola)per cup41% DV
(37mg)
8 Garden Cress1 cup38% DV
(35mg)
9 Jalapeno Peppers1 pepper18% DV
(17mg)
10 Saffron1 tbsp2% DV
(2mg)

About the Data

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Data Sources and References

  1. Mitochondria, Energy and Cancer: The Relationship with Ascorbic Acid. J Orthomol Med. 2010; 25(1): 29–38.
  2. Office of Dietary Supplements Fact Sheet: Vitamin C
  3. L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) induces the apoptosis of B16 murine melanoma cells via a caspase-8-independent pathway. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2003;52:693–698.
  4. Vitamin C and Immune Function Nutrients. 2017 Nov; 9(11): 1211.
  5. The role of vitamin A and related retinoids in immune function. Nutr Rev. 1998 Jan;56(1 Pt 2):S38-48.
  6. Zinc in Human Health: Effect of Zinc on Immune Cells Mol Med. 2008 May-Jun; 14(5-6): 353–357. Published online 2008 Apr 3. doi: 10.2119/2008-00033.Prasad.
  7. FDA Daily Values Guidelines
  8. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central