Grow your own Vitamin A garden

Grow your own Vitamin A garden

It is always best to grow fruits and veggies in your garden instead of depending on supplements.

Vitamin A contributes to embryo development and growth, maintenance of the immune system, and vision. According to World Health Organization, a deficiency of vitamin A is associated with morbidity and mortality from common childhood infections and is the world's leading preventable cause of childhood blindness. Vitamin A deficiency also contributes to maternal mortality and other poor outcomes of pregnancy and lactation.

Here are some of the Vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables that you can grow in your garden easily. They are suited for growing in the container also.

1. Carrots

The carrot is a root vegetable. Growing carrots in containers are easy, and you can get a decent harvest. Plant carrot seeds every two to three weeks continuously throughout the year for an abundant supply of carrots throughout the growing season.

A 100 gram of carrot provides a whopping 5109 micrograms of Vitamin A


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2. Spinach

Spinach leaves are a common edible vegetable. It may be eaten cooked or raw. Spinach is an annual plant. Spinach can be grown in pots easily for nutritious greens.

100 gram of spinach provides a whopping 2,813 micrograms of Vitamin A.


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3. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are large, starchy, sweet-tasting tuberous roots that are used as root vegetables. The young shoots and leaves are sometimes eaten as greens. Sweet potatoes are a staple food in many parts of the world. They are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamins, and other essential nutrients.

100 gram of sweet potatoes contain 4256 micrograms of vitamin A.

Sweet Potatoes

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4. Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers are commonly known as sweet pepper, pepper, or capsicum. It may be eaten cooked or raw. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, especially the ripest peppers, which are red. Peppers are also a good source of vitamin A and fiber. Bell peppers also have antioxidant properties.

100 grams of raw Bell Peppers contain 157 micrograms of vitamin A.

Bell Peppers

5. Squash

Squash is an annual fruit representing several squash species. Pumpkin is one of them. This flavourful vegetable is packed with vitamins and nutrients. These are climbers and can be grown in containers easily.

100 grams of cooked Squash contain 558 micrograms of Vitamin A.


6. Papaya

Papaya is a very tasty fruit with high nutritional value. It is a rapidly growing plant. Papaya can be grown in a large sized container as it has shallow roots. Red lady papaya is a dwarf variety that is suited for container gardening.

100 grams of Papaya contain 47 micrograms of Vitamin A.


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7. Lettuce

Lettuce is an awesome green leafy vegetable that has got a lot of health benefits. It's packed full of nutrients and contains tons of vitamins and minerals.

100 grams of Lettuce contain 2221 micrograms of Vitamin A.


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8. Guava

Guava is a small tropical tree. It is full of vitamins and nutrients. In addition to Vitamin C, guava is packed with Vitamin A, iron, and calcium. Guava can be grown in containers. Some famous guava varieties for growing in pots are Guava Ruby Supreme, Ruby Red, and NANA Psidium Guajava.

100 grams Guava contain 31 micrograms of Vitamin A.


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9. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a refreshing sour-sweet fruit. Grapefruit is commonly known as Chakotara or Pomelo. They are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and contain many minerals and nutrients.

100 grams of Grapefruit contain 58 micrograms of Vitamin A.


10. Broccoli

Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head, stalk, and small associated leaves are eaten as a vegetable. Broccoli needs cool, frost-free days to grow in, and Bengaluru’s winter weather is great for it.

100 grams of Broccoli contain 400 micrograms of Vitamin A.


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Extra reading

Vegetable Seed Online

Container Gardening: Grow Vegetables in Pots in Your Kitchen Garden

How to Grow Carrots at Home?

How to Grow Chili at Home?

How to grow capsicum at home

How to grow pumpkins from seeds


Happy Gardening!

Dr. Vandana K.