What is paprika?

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What is paprika?

Paprika is a ground up spice made from the pods of capsicum peppers. Paprika comes in many varieties and ranges from mild to quite spicy depending on what kind of pepper the paprika came from and the way it was made. It varies in colour too from bright reds to earthy browns. The generic or standard paprika sold in most grocery stores is relatively mild and is good on a number of dishes from omelets to deviled eggs and meats. It is an in between flavor being not overly hot or too sweet, so it works with many foods. It makes a nice visual garnish too for things like potato salads. Spanish and Hungarian paprika are somewhat different. Spanish paprika includes a variety from hot to mild and also includes a more earthy variety that is used in traditional dishes like paella. The stronger earthy paprika blends well with dishes that need a more intense flavor. Hungarian paprika, on the other hand, also comes in a wide variety of flavours and strengths and is made in different grades. Paprika is after all a part of Hungarian traditional food culture. Paprika is often a blend of different varieties of peppers. They are rated by the types and blends. Hungarian paprika is one of the regular ingredients present in their goulash, a traditional Hungarian dish, full of flavor. Choose your paprika variety according to type of kick or flavour you want it to add to whatever you are cooking. To find special varieties of paprika you may have to go to stores that carry more than the basic everyday spices. You can even grow your own peppers and create your own varieties of paprika.Try it! Mama Nono

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