Paprika is a spice which comes from a mild red
pepper in the family Capsicum annum. It is a
brilliant red powder and often used as a garnish.
The peppers used in Paprika are grown in Hungary,
Spain, South America (Perú), and California.
|Traditional Ethnic Uses
Paprika is the main flavor in Hungarian cooking,
including dishes such as Goulash and Chicken
Paprikash. In the United States, it is often used
as a garnish on stuffed eggs, fish, and cheese
and vegetable casseroles. Spanish Paprika flavors
shellfish, rice, and sausage dishes. In Morocco,
Paprika is used in tomato dishes and salads.
|Taste and Aroma
Paprika ranges from sweet and mild to hot.
American Paprika is the blandest, while Hungarian
Paprika has the greatest range of flavor.
|History/Region of Origin
Paprika, as a member of the capsicum family, is
indigenous to the Western Hemisphere. The pepper
is grown widely and takes on a slightly different
flavor depending on local soil and climatic
|A Few Ideas to Get You Started
Paprika is useful as a simple garnish for almost
any savory dish. Combine it with butter,
margarine, or oil for a quick baste for fish or
poultry. This is especially good on roast turkey.
Paprika can be mixed with bread crumbs before
sprinkling them over casseroles or vegetables.