What is it about ?
Originally from Hungary, this sweet 180 ASTA paprika is a high-quality spice very popular in the kitchen. Also known as red pepper, this dried, powdered chili is not really spicy. Its taste is sweet, slightly bitter and very aromatic. The color of the paprika is a very important criterion in defining the quality of the spice: it can vary from orange-yellow to intense red. To determine the quality of a paprika, a color scale was introduced by The American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) in 2004. The paprikas range between 60 and 180 ASTA, from the lightest orange to the deepest red, 180 being the best quality like this sweet paprika for sale here. Sweet Paprika 180 ASTA is therefore a very high quality spice which has been grown, dried and ground according to very strict rules.
How to use Sweet paprika 180 ASTA in cooking ?
Sweet Paprika 180 ASTA can be used like any paprika. Its slightly sweet flavors reminiscent of bell pepper and sundried tomato enhance most dishes. Widely used in Hungarian cuisine, it is an essential ingredient in the preparation of goulash, Gulyas, Lescso, stews or even all chicken-based dishes. It also has an important place in Spanish and Portuguese cuisine and is used in the preparation of chorizo, paellas, tapas … Paprika is used in hot or cold preparations to give a nice red color or a little spice: white meat dishes, fish, vegetable dishes, grilled potatoes, dishes in sauce as well as in creams, dressings or marinades. It is recommended to use paprika more at the end of cooking as it can take on a bitter taste if overheated.
The virtues of sweet paprika
Rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C) and minerals, paprika has digestive properties. It facilitates the digestion of large meals and helps fight against bloating and nausea. Its antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects protect against winter ailments such as colds and flu. It also helps to clear the sinuses, relieve coughs, and cleanse the skin pores.