Oranges have a monopoly on our vitamin C perceptions – maybe it’s Berocca that did it, or that orange-flavoured Calpol we all had as kids – but whenever we think vitamin C, oranges are often the go-to solution.
Thing is, there are a few other foods that have more vitamin C than an orange (which has 62mg of vitamin C, FYI).
And guess what! We’ve discovered what they are...
1. Cauliflower (67mg per portion when eaten raw)
This may come as a surprise, but the rather bland looking cauli contains a powerful vitamin C punch when eaten raw – and it makes an excellent crudité too. Marvellous.
2. Broccoli (67mg per portion when eaten raw)
Even when gently cooked, broccoli still contains a decent 60mg per 100g of vitamin C. Dunk those emerald florets in houmous or tzatziki for a healthier snack.
3. Kale (74mg per portion when eaten raw)
OK, so kale is a 'superfood'. Eaten raw, this leafy cabbage contains nearly 20% more vitamin C per portion than the humble orange. Even when it's cooked, it contains a whopping 71mg per 100g. And if you're not a fan, here are 8 ways to eat kale without it tasting too much like kale.
4. Papaya (84mg per portion)
Soft, butter-like flesh and seductively sweet, the papaya (AKA the pawpaw) is delicious in a tropical fruit salad. The seeds are actually edible and taste a bit peppery, so save them for a curry.
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6. Blackcurrants (182mg per portion when stewed)
It's official. Raw blackcurrants have nearly THREE times more Vitamin C than an orange. It’s almost impossible to eat blackcurrants raw (without screwing your face up with the sourness), so stew them gently with a little honey or sugar to taste, and stir into yogurt for a vitamin C packed brekkie. Pah! You won’t be catching any colds, that’s for sure.
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