Paprika Pepper Powder

Paprika is a spice made from ground dried peppers. It is made by grinding pods of various sweet pepper varieties into a fine, reddish orange powder. Paprika can range from mild to hot depending on the type of peppers used. The mild form has a sweet, fruity, smoky taste while the hot variety adds spiciness. In addition to color and flavor, paprika also provides Vitamin A. This popular, versatile spice is used to season and garnish foods like meats, stews, potatoes, rice, and salads. Look for paprika sold in small tins or shaker bottles in the spice aisle at the grocery store. Paprika powder is especially common in Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese, and South American cuisines. A dash of paprika can add vibrant color, subtle sweetness, and aroma to enrich recipes.