Paprika is a spice made from the grinding of dried fruits of Capsicum annuum (e.g., bell peppers or chili peppers).
Most commercial paprika comes from Spain, South America, California and Hungary.
The highest quality paprika and most expensive paprika comes from Spain. It is known as “pimentón” and comes in three versions, mild, moderately spicy and very spicy. In Hungary there are six classes or types of paprika ranging from delicate to hot.
The colour of paprika, measured in ASTA´s, is the main factor used to determine the quality and price of the spice. The ASTA (American Spice Trade Association) system, the international measurement of the extractable colour, is the technical way for both buyers and suppliers to be assured that they’re speaking the same language. Paprika prices are generally given per ASTA unit per kilogram.
OGourmet offers more than a dozen paprika products, including the famous Pimentón de la Vera.
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