Paprika is made from varieties of Capsicum annuum peppers, mostly bell and chili peppers. It is dried, smoked, and ground. Paprika is most commonly viewed as a culinary herb. The spiciness depends on the proportion of seed, rind, and fruit in the ground powder. This paprika has a distinct, powerful, smokey flavor that can be enhanced by heating it briefly in oil. It is commonly used to season stews, soups, and meat and vegetable dishes, as well as a colorful garnish on potatoes and eggs.
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