That vibrant dusting of crimson red atop mom’s famous potato salad or deviled eggs is more than just decoration. Long associated with Hungarian and Spanish cuisine for its telltale uniquely smoky and earthy flavor, let’s explore some of the lesser known health powers of paprika spice…
1. Paprika Origins
Paprika spice is ground from air-dried chili peppers, or Capsicum annuum. This spice ranges in flavor from mild and slightly sweet to fiery and pungent, adopting the full flavor of peppers it was ground from.
For instance, the most common paprika, classic Hungarian, has a sweet taste with mild heat. Yet some varieties of Spanish paprika have a smoky, earthy flavor because the peppers are typically dried over wood-burning fires.