A list of Fruits & Berries rich in iron

Most fruits have a low iron content. Only certain fruits, such as avocado, goji berries, and raisins as well as some other dried fruits are high in iron.

How much iron do we need a day?

Most people need about 8-18 mg of iron per day.[1]

Actually, our iron needs depend on age and sex:

  • kids need about 7-11 mg of iron per day.
  • women of reproductive age have much higher iron needs. They require about 18 mg of iron a day. Pregnant women require even more.
  • men and elderly people need only 8 mg per day.

So, we have to consume many foods high in iron. We can’t get too much iron from foods. Only from dietary supplements.

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How to increase Iron intake through Fruits and Berries?

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How much Iron per serving among most fruits?

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Which foods substantially increase Iron absorption of fruits?

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Which is the richest fruit in Iron?

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Which fruit has more Iron?

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Is red wine good for Iron absorption?

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Fresh or dried fruits have more Iron?

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Can I depend on fruits for Iron?

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How to absorb more Iron from Fruits & Berries?

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Common fruits high in iron

The richest fruits in iron are:

FruitPortion SizeIron
per Serving
% DVIron
per 100 g
Goji berries1 oz (28 g)6.43 mg36%22.2 mg
Raisins1.5 oz (43 g)2.59 – 3.1 mg14-17%0.9 – 1.9 mg
Prunes5 dried plums (40 g)1.12 mg6%2.8 mg
Currants1 oz (28 g)1 mg6%3.4 mg
Raspberries1 cup (123 g)0.76 mg4%0.7 mg
Blackberries1 cup (144 g)0.62 mg3%0.9 mg
Avocado1 medium (136 g)0.61 mg3%0.4 mg
Lemon1 fruit (58 g)0.6 mg3%0.6 mg
Cherries1 cup (154 g)0.53 mg3%0.3 mg
Strawberries1 cup (152 g)0.41 mg2%0.3 mg
Fruits rich in Iron.[2]

Please note that the iron content of fruits can vary depending on the variety, ripeness, and growing conditions. The values provided are approximate and based on average values.

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You could sprinkle half a handful of these iron-rich fruits on your favorite post-workout oatmeal or muesli.

Actually, prune and raspberry juices are the richest beverages in iron!

Berries are among the best natural sources!

Besides goji berries, mulberries are the richest berries in iron, providing 1.7 mg of iron per 100g. Raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries contain significantly less iron. A serving provides only 2-4% DV.

Favorite Fruits with some Iron

Other common fruits with decent amounts of iron are:

FruitPortion SizeIron
per Serving
% DVIron
per 100 g
Apricots1 cup (165 g)0.39 mg2%0.2 mg
Figs1 cup (149 g)0.37 mg2%0.2 mg
Grapes1 cup (151 g)0.36 mg2%0.2 mg
Kiwi1 medium (76 g)0.31 mg2%0.4 mg
Pomegranates1 fruit (282 g)0.3 mg2%0.1 mg
Blueberries1 cup (148 g)0.28 mg2%0.2 mg
Banana1 medium (118 g)0.26 mg1%0.2 mg
Peaches1 medium (150 g)0.25 mg1%0.2 mg
Watermelon1 cup (152 g)0.24 mg1%0.2 mg
Cranberries1 cup (100 g)0.23 mg1%0.2 mg
Favorite fruits with some Iron.

Other common fruits such as apples (0.13 mg per serving), oranges (0.1 mg), grapefruits (0.09 mg), or pears (0.18 mg) have a much lower iron content.

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Most Tropical Fruits are poor sources

Tropical fruits with some iron are:

FruitPortion SizeIron
per Serving
% DVIron
per 100 g
Durian1 cup (243 g)0.43 mg2%0.2 mg
Pineapple1 cup (165 g)0.29 mg2%0.2 mg
Papaya1 cup (145 g)0.25 mg1%0.2 mg
Mango1 cup (165 g)0.16 mg1%0.1 mg
Dragonfruit1 fruit (198 g)0.15 mg1%0.1 mg
Iron content in Tropical fruits.

Which is the richest fruit in iron?

Goji berries are the richest fruits in iron. Just a tbsp of dried goji berries contains 1.9 mg of iron or more than 10% of the recommended daily intake! They’re also particularly rich in calcium.

Dried fruits have more iron than fresh fruits

Dried fruits contain much more iron than fresh fruits. Goji berries, raisins, prunes, figs, currants, and dates can help us meet our daily iron needs.

Iron (mg),
fresh fruit
Iron (mg),
dried fruit
goji berries 6.436.8
prunes1.123.5
currants 13.3
cherries 0.530.7
figs0.37 2
apricots 0.396.3
apples 0.132
banana 0.261.2
kiwi0.311.3
pineapple 0.290.8
blueberries  0.280.9
papaya  0.250.7
cranberries  0.230.4
Iron in dried fruits.

Whenever possible, prefer uncooked dried fruits. They contain much more iron than cooked dried fruits. For instance, stewed figs contain only 0.88 mg per 100g. Uncooked dried figs contain 130% more iron!

Keep in mind that cooked foods may inhibit iron absorption.

How to absorb more iron from fruits?

Above all, vitamin C significantly improves the absorption of non-heme iron. The type of iron which is naturally present in plants. Fruits and vegetables are the best dietary sources of vitamin C.[3]

Moreover, you should avoid drinking tea, coffee, and red wine when you consume fruits rich in iron. These beverages are pretty high in polyphenols, which inhibit iron absorption.

Polyphenols can reduce iron absorption by up to 83%.

Also, you should avoid consuming foods rich in calcium, like milk and dairy, when you eat iron-rich fruits. Calcium inhibits iron absorption.

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Foods with more iron than fruits

Actually, common foods rich in iron are fortified cereals, beans, dark chocolate, lentils, spinach, soy products, beets, chickpeas, tomatoes, potatoes, cashew nuts, green peas, rice, whole-grain bread, pistachio nuts, and broccoli.

Last, but not least, honey increases iron levels by up to 20%.

Easy & quick Recipe Ideas to boost Iron intake

Here are some recipe ideas that include fresh or dried fruits rich in iron along with other iron-packed foods to help boost your iron levels.

  • Iron-boosting berry smoothie: Mixed berries, chia seeds (7.7 mg/100g), spinach (2.7 mg/100g).
    • Iron Content: Approximately 5 mg per serving.
  • Quinoa and apricot salad: Quinoa (2.8 mg/100g), dried apricots, almonds (3.7 mg/100g).
    • Iron Content: Approximately 4 mg per serving.
  • Fig and walnut oatmeal: Oats (4.7 mg/100g), fresh figs, walnuts (2.9 mg/100g).
  • Dried fruit energy bites: Mixed dried fruits, nuts, seeds.
    • Iron Content: Approximately 3.5 mg per serving.
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  • Raspberry and Spinach Salad: Fresh raspberries, spinach (2.7 mg/100g), pumpkin seeds (8.8 mg/100g).
    • Iron Content: Approximately 6 mg per serving.
  • Blueberry and Kale Smoothie Bowl: Blueberries, kale (1.5 mg/100g), hemp seeds (5.3 mg/100g).
    • Iron Content: Approximately 4 mg per serving.
  • Cranberry and Pistachio Quinoa: Quinoa (2.8 mg/100g), dried cranberries, pistachios (3.9 mg/100g).
    • Iron Content: Approximately 3.5 mg per serving.
  • Date and Almond Energy Balls: Dates, almonds (3.7 mg/100g), coconut.
    • Iron Content: Approximately 2.5 mg per serving.
  • Apricot and Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix: Dried apricots, pumpkin seeds, mixed nuts.
    • Iron Content: Approximately 4.5 mg per serving.
  • Blueberry and Avocado Salad: Blueberries, avocado, mixed greens.
    • Iron Content: Approximately 2 mg per serving.

Iron content may vary based on specific brands and varieties of ingredients. Always check nutritional labels for accurate values.

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