Paprika is a colorful spice made from ground bell or chili peppers. In addition to adding vibrant color to deviled eggs, salads, potatoes and other foods, paprika bears the full flavor of its “parent” pepper. While the spice is used all over the world, it is essential to Hungarian and Spanish cuisines. The flavor profile of paprika – which can range from hot to smoky or sweet -- depends on the species and variety of pepper from which it is obtained as well as the region in which it is grown and how it is processed. Hungarian paprika, for instance, has a sweet flavor compared to Spanish paprika, which has a smoky, woody flavor because it is dried under smoldering oak.
Paprika Powder (Hungary), 1/4 lb
Hungarian paprika is bold red in color and is sweeter than other varieties, although it still provides smoky flavor. In Hungary, the spice typically accompanies the salt shaker at the table instead of black pepper.
As the namesake suggests, Hungary is a leading producer of paprika.