Smoked Sweet Paprika
Our Smoked Sweet Paprika comes from Spain, where mild red peppers are dried in an oak wood-burning oven before being ground. It is deep orange-red in color, with a smoky flavor and subtle heat.
Ready to use. Add to taste.
Storage & handling
Store in cool, dry place.
Paprika is a spice that is made by drying and grinding either sweet or hot red peppers (Capsicum annum). Although popular today in many parts of the Americas, Central, and Eastern Europe, Paprika was first produced in Spain in the 16th century, after pepper explorers brought back pepper plants from the Americas. Our smoked sweet paprika is of the mild variety. Its smoky flavor comes from drying the elongated, dark red peppers in an oak wood-burning oven before grinding. Paprika is packed with health benefits. It is rich in vitamins A, E, B6, and C (more vitamin C, by weight, than citrus fruit), as well as a small amount of capsaicin, the active compound in chile peppers that creates their heat. Capcaisin has been shown to relax blood vessels, which can help lower blood pressure. Paprika is a key ingredient in several iconic dishes of Central and Eastern Europe. Spanish "patatas bravas," (spicy potatoes) are a traditional tapas dish made with a spicy paprika sauce. Paprika also provides the color and flavor for one of the national dishes of Hungary, "goulash," a flavorful meat stew. In the United States, paprika is often used as a garnish, sprinkled on top of dishes such as deviled eggs to impart color and subtle flavor. However, its flavor becomes more vibrant when gently heated in oil. It is a popular seasoning in sausages, such as chorizo, because it imparts vivid color and a smoky, sweet flavor.
Our Smoked Sweet Paprika — or Pimenton de la Vera Dulce in Spanish — is a natural pairing for chicken. Blended with herbs, spices, onion powder and granulated garlic in a simple, fragrant rub, it also infuses the pan sauce that will later be drizzled on top of the chicken.