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September’s Fruit and Vegetables of the Month: Figs and Chili Peppers

Can’t remember the last time you ate a chili pepper or a fig? You may be missing out on some health benefits. Figs are a great source of vitamin C and are high in vitamin A and fiber. They come in many varieties and are one of the oldest known fruits. Chili peppers also come in many varieties and if you can stand the heat, are great sources of vitamin C. Most often they are used in Indian, Mexican, Thai and dishes from other countries that enjoy spicy foods.


This month, challenge yourself to include more fruits and vegetables (maybe some you’ve never eaten, like a fig!) in your diet. Advantages of increasing your fruit and vegetable intake include:

  • People who regularly eat fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of heart disease and some types of cancers
  • Eating fruits and vegetables can help you manage your weight as they are typically high in fiber and much lower in calories than your favorite salty or sweet snack.


Helpful tools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

How Many Fruits and Vegetables Do You Need?
How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight


View a chart to see what fruits and vegetables are good sources of a variety of nutrients