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What is paprika?

Olga Kravchenko
Olga Kravchenko
February 2, 2015
What is paprika?

In the store in the department with spices you can see a bag with the inscription "paprika". What is paprika? Paprika is a seasoning for food, which is made from red sweet peppers of the Capsicum annum variety. To make this spice, red pepper is first dried in the sun, and then ground. Paprika looks like a red powder with a sweetish aroma and taste, in which there is a slight bitterness.

Types of paprika

There are seven types of paprika, which differ in hue, smell, degree of sharpness and taste:

  • Delicacy - not spicy;
  • noble sweet - slightly sharp, medium ground;
  • special - soft taste, contains a lot of sugar;
  • semisweet;
  • pink - with a strong aroma and medium sharpness;
  • tender - not sharp at all, with a mild flavor;
  • spicy - burning paprika.

Paprika application

Paprika is actively used in cooking, especially in the national cuisines of Hungary, Mexico, Spain, India. In Russia, it has also become quite popular. This spice gives a special taste to dishes from fish and meat, vegetables, chicken. It is added to cheeses, minced meat, cold cuts, salads.Paprika is a part of many sauces and marinades. It goes well with potato and tomato dishes, goes well with spices such as basil, coriander, garlic and bay leaf.

Paprika is rich in various vitamins, especially there is a lot of vitamin C.


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