Bell peppers are among the richest foods in vitamin C.

How much vitamin C do we need daily?

Vitamin C is important for the proper function of the human body. For instance, it boosts the immune system, promote weight loss, helps sleep better at night, and protects eye health.

According to the National Institutes of Health, we need 90 mg of vitamin C per day. Although, much higher doses from supplements may be beneficial as well.

What’s the vitamin C content of bell pepper?

Bell pepper contains more than 80 mg of vitamin C per 100g. A large green bell pepper may contain up to 132 mg of vitamin C. That’s 176% of the Daily Value (DV).

There are many types of pepper. Almost all of them are rich in vitamin C.

VarietyVitamin C
(mg/100g)
ancho pepper, dried2
banana pepper83
bell pepper, green80
bell pepper, red128
bell pepper, yellow183
cayenne pepper76
chili pepper, dried31
chili pepper, green, raw242
chili pepper, red, raw144
Hungarian pepper93
jalapeño pepper119
pasilla pepper, dried6
pickled pepper12-77
poblano pepper80
serrano pepper45
Vitamin C in pepper varieties.[1]

Green chili peppers are the richest peppers in vitamin C. But, we can’t eat 100 grams of raw chili pepper. So, practically, the richest pepper variety in vitamin C is yellow bell pepper. It has more than 180 mg of vitamin C per 100g. A large yellow bell pepper contains about 340 mg of vitamin C, or 450% of the DV.

As vitamin C is pretty vulnerable to heat, try to eat raw peppers in salads or sandwiches. Cooked, pickled, jarred, canned, or sun-dried peppers have less vitamin C.

Most noteworthy, the regular consumption of pickled peppers or other vegetables is bad for your health.

Other foods that have more vitamin C than bell pepper

In fact, only plants are rich in vitamin C. Follow a plant-based diet to get the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

Fruits and vegetables are the best dietary sources of vitamin C. Strawberries, kiwi, papaya, cauliflower, broccoli, cantaloupe, cabbage, kale, tomatoes, and citrus fruits, are only a few foods high in vitamin C.