Paprika comes from grinding milder chili peppers grown in specific regions of the world. Most of us are familiar with Hungarian paprika, but paprika comes from other countries, as well. Spain is another country known for its high quality paprika. Paprika is recognized by its bright red color and often used as a garnish or to color food items, but it also has a distinctive and pleasant flavor, which can range from mild to pungent, sweet to hot. Its color can even range from bright orange to red to a reddish brown. Its flavor is best brought out when heated.
There are many varieties of paprika, and here at Stuart’s, we carry 3 varieties: Spanish, Hungarian, and Smoked Spanish.
Hungarian Paprika is the paprika with which we are most familiar. It has a sweet and complex flavor, enhancing the flavors of the foods with which it’s paired. Its color is deeper red than the Spanish, and it is used in goulash, stews, soups, rice dishes, and sausage – and let’s not forget Chicken Paprikash.