- Native to South America, the once-tropical plant is cultivated throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
- Also known as sweet red pepper or pimento pepper, paprika or Capsicum Annuum is larger and much milder than its cousin the chili pepper.
- The flower is white and the fruit starts green and when it turns red, it’s then harvested.
Flavor Profile: Fruity | Sweetish | Tart
Botanical name: Capsicum annuum
How to Use
A sweet but sassy relative of the chili pepper, paprika is used to add warm, natural color and a mildly spicy flavor to soups, stews, grains, and a variety of hors d’oeuvres. Fragrantly sweet and colorful, this is a great spice to have on hand. Add it to the flour used for dusting poultry, meats and seafoods. Include it in salad dressings where it will both add color and work as an emulsifier, helping to combine the oil and vinegar.
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