Paprika is a spice made from air-dried fruits of the chili pepper family of the species Capsicum annuum. Fresh paprika has the full flavor of the peppers it was ground from. Originating, like all chili peppers, in the Americas, paprika peppers are now strongly associated with Hungarian cuisine. Paprika can range in flavor from mild and sweet to fiery hot, and is used heavily in Eastern European cooking.
Paprika is produced in various places including Hungary, Serbia, Spain and some regions of the United States. It is used as an ingredient in a broad variety of dishes throughout the world. It is principally used to season and color rices, stews, and soups, such as goulash, and in the preparation of sausages as an ingredient mixed with meats and other spices. In the United States, paprika is frequently sprinkled on foods as a garnish, but the flavor is more effectively produced by heating it gently in oil.
There are five varieties of paprika… Classic Hungarian sweet paprika, Half-sharp Hungarian has all the rich flavor of the Sweet, with a sharp heat. The beautiful, deep red color of the California paprika makes it aesthetically pleasing. Recently, Spanish smoked paprikas have come into vogue. Their smokey flavor comes from a slow drying process over oak-burning fires. Try any of our freshly ground paprikas and discover that paprika flavor can be as interesting and important as its magnificent color.
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