La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika

La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika
La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika
La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika
SKU
100489 001
$7.83
Net Weight:
3 oz
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Much like our large selection of cinnamon, we carry a diverse collection of paprika. To those who are only used to seeing paprika sprinkled on their devil eggs you probably can't tell the difference between paprikas, but for true aficionados of paprika there's a world of difference found in the subtle nuances of each variety of paprika.

 

History of Paprika

Paprika is a spice made from the ground chiles of the genus Capsicum annuum and is frequently associated with Hungarian cuisine. Paprika chiles are indigenous to the Americas, and both the Portuguese and the Spanish brought them back to the Old World.

Today, paprika can range from mild to hot in heat with sophisticated flavors that will differ from which region they are grown. Most types of paprika are now also produced with a sweet variety. A "hot" paprika contains more seeds and ribs while a sweet paprika typically has about half as many seeds and fewer ribs. Up until the 1920's paprika was generally only found "hot". A Hungarian breeder from Szeged discovered a paprika plant that produced a sweeter fruit which he grafted onto other paprika plants and began growing these sweeter paprika chiles in larger quantities.

 

La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika Cultivation

The chiles that produce La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika are Nora chiles that grow in the same way as other chiles. They require lots of water, space to grow, and sunshine. This region of Spain is famous for its chiles and paprika because the mild climate and generous rainfall produces some of the best chiles available for paprika making. Nora chiles ripen on the vine and turn red over time, after they grow out of their green stage. They are picked from the vine by hand and then smoked in small smokehouses over the course of two weeks. The smokehouses are maintained to keep the smoke alive- these chiles are never dried over a direct flame. The chiles are flipped by hand once a day by farmers and their families who come to ensure the smoke is still rising and the chiles are drying on schedule. The wood used in the drying process must be oak or else the paprika is not considered to be in the La Vera style. Once they have dried, they are pulverized into this delicious, deeply red paprika.

 

Our Smoked Paprika Hot (also called picante) is a Spanish Paprika that has been smoked the traditional way - without the short cuts often found in the larger commercial paprika productions. Freshly harvested ripe red pimento peppers are dried in low-lying, adobe smoke houses that are heated by smoking grills fired with slow-burning oak planks (this is also known as cold smoked). Next it is on to a repeated grinding between stones which results in its signature silky smooth texture.

The end result is a deep, dark earthy red color with a touch of heat (about 500 - 1,000 on the Scoville Heat Units). Now don't think of this as a "burn your face off" type of heat like you might get with some chiles. This is more of a seductive heat that draws you in. Its characteristic dark red color spreads evenly throughout any dish.

 

 

Flavor Profile

Our Smoked Paprika (Hot) is complex, rich and smoky with slightly pungent undertones.

 

When and Where to Use

Paprika is used mainly to add coloring and some flavoring to a dish and is popular in the cuisines of Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Morocco, Portugal, South Africa, Serbia, Spain, Romania and Turkey.

Smoked Paprika adds an authentic flavor to Spanish style paellas. It's also a key ingredient in Spanish chorizo sausage and lomo pork loin. In American cuisine Smoked Paprika has recently become a secret ingredient used to season pork barbecues, chicken kebabs, and hearty beef and lamb stews. Some of the other creative ways to use Smoked Paprika - tomato soup, guacamole dip, smoked paprika butter or add to vinaigrette for your salad.

Paprika partners well with allspice, caraway, cardamom, garlic, ginger, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, saffron, thyme and turmeric.

 

Helpful Hints

Many home chefs will keep their paprika in the fridge after opening in the belief that it helps preserve the darker red color. This is not something that we do with our own paprikas

If you are interested in another type of paprika from this region of Spain, we also carry a La Vera Smoked Sweet Paprika

Some of our favorite recipes using paprika are Sweet Pepper Relish, Spanish Saffron Chicken, Moorish Pork Skewers and Quick and Easy Spicy Grilled Shrimp.

** This product is certified kosher.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving

Calories8

% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g

Cholesterol0mg0%

Sodium2.0mg0%

Total Carbohydrate1.6g1%

Dietary Fiber1.0g4%

Total Sugars0.3g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g

Protein0.4g0%

Vitamin D0mcg0%

Calcium7mg1%

Iron1mg3%

Potassium67mg1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
38 total ratings.

Ann G. (Verified buyer) 03/02/2022
FGstarship Ive added this to chicken dishes and noodle dishes. Even tapped a bit onto pizza just to get that zinger affect. Bam, thats all it needs to put the right kick in any dish for that matter.

DIANE S. (Verified buyer) 02/05/2022
alittle spicier than I anticipated alittle spicier than I anticipated but a nice surprise after all, added a new twist to my chicken dishes

Michael M. (Verified buyer) 01/26/2022
Love it. So good with Love it. So good with garlic onions and sour cream. This loves some fat.

Bryan R. (Verified buyer) 10/01/2021
Awesome! As always, great quality and great flavor!

Scott K. (Verified buyer) 04/02/2021
This stuff is ::chefs kiss:: This stuff is ::chefs kiss:: amazing. It turned my chicken paprikash from good to great. Great cooking starts with quality ingredients.

Thomas E. (Verified buyer) 03/07/2021
Hey!! Great, all items. That Hey!! Great, all items. That why I stay with You!!!!!!!

Mark V. (Verified buyer) 11/24/2020
all great all great

adriano p. (Verified buyer) 11/15/2020
Nice. Nice.

Steven M. (Verified buyer) 11/01/2020
Really nice flavor Really nice flavor

Alexandra G. (Verified buyer) 10/24/2020
Best Paprika Best of this sort of spice. Have replaced all instances in recipes with this version. Will never use plain old paprika again. We use this up in double-time.
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