Source: Mountain Rose Herbs
Capsicum annuum L. var. annuum
Plant Family: Solanaceae
Most commonly known as a culinary herb, paprika shares the medicinal qualities of most varieties of red pepper, the capsicums. Paprika is a native of South America that was naturalized to Hungary and Spain. Hungarian paprika is the spicier of the two, and is what most people think of when they think paprika. Paprika is often used as a garnish in egg and potato dishes, and to add color. Its spiciness varies depending on the proportion of seed, rind and fruit in the ground powder and other varieties have been developed including smoked or roasted Paprika which adds a nicely rounded and mildly smoked flavor to culinary creations. While paprika does contain capsaicin, it’s one of the milder of the chilies, and is not often used medicinally. It is, however, high in vitamin C and carotenids, making it a healthy addition to the diet when eaten fresh.
Our paprika powder is typically between 300 – 800 HU and considered not pungent. The pungency of a chili pepper has historically been measured using the Scoville scale, which assigns heat units (SHU or HU) using a subjective assessment to determine the concentration of capsaicin in a pepper. Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, responsible for the warming and occasional burning sensations felt. Developed by American pharmacist, Wilbur Scoville, the Scoville scale remains the most common way of classifying the heat of a pepper, although modern, lab-based testing methods are now being used.
Dried fruit, powdered.
Dried and ground and typically applied to food, soups and other food products. Seldom found in extract form. Smoked or roasted paprika adds a smooth smoked flavor to fine food dishes.
Paprika’s primary use is as a culinary spice that adds color and spice to food. It ranges in hotness from very mild and sweet to decidedly spicy in seven grades. Hungarian paprika is known for its spiciness, and is one of the most distinctive features of Hungarian cooking.
No known precautions.
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