So now, to my knowledge, the best plant source of zinc is not pumpkin seeds or wheat germ, but rather this funny looking fruit called Chayote.
For a 100 calorie serving, Chayote contains 3.9 milligrams of zinc
Compare this to a 100 calorie serving of pumpkin seeds which contains 1.6 milligrams.
Chayote is also a low fat food and a high water food. To get 100 calories you have to eat over a pound – which might be around 2.5 whole chayotes.
What does it taste like?
It is similar to a cucumber or jicama.
Where can you get it?
Mexican markets, farmer’s markets, you could even grow it yourself if you’re in the right climate. I know that it grows in Northern California as well as Southern California.