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What is sweet paprika and why is it used?

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what is sweet paprika and why is it used
Sweet paprika is a spice made from dried red-orange peppers. It is most commonly used in the preparation of goulash, paprikash, chicken dishes and for colouring dishes.

Sweet paprika is a spice made from dried red-orange peppers. Sweet peppers belong to the chilli family, more specifically to the Capsicum annuum species. This species also includes sweet peppers such as red and yellow peppers and jalapeños. Sweet peppers differ from other chillies in that they do not have a hot taste. This is due to the removal of the inner seeds and veins which contain capsaicin, the substance responsible for the hot taste of chillies.

Sweet peppers are available in different varieties, which vary according to origin, intensity of flavour and colour. The best known types of sweet peppers are Hungarian paprika and Spanish paprika.

Flavour and aroma

Sweet peppers have a sweet, slightly spicy and slightly bitter taste. It has a rich aroma and a slightly smoky smell. The intensity of flavour may vary depending on the variety of sweet pepper.

Uses of sweet peppers

Sweet peppers are an indispensable ingredient in many cuisines around the world. It is used in a variety of dishes such as soups, sauces, stews, risottos, roasts and marinades. It adds colour, sweetness and flavour. Sweet peppers go well with meat, vegetables, seafood and cheese. It can also be used as a seasoning in the preparation of homemade condiments and mixes.

Colouring dishes

One of the best known uses of sweet peppers is for colouring dishes. Its bright red colour can brighten dishes and make them more appealing to the eye. You can use it to colour sauces, soups, pasta, risottos, salads and much more.

Benefits of sweet peppers

  • Nutritional values

Sweet peppers are a low-calorie spice, rich in fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants. It also contains minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Sweet peppers are an excellent addition to a healthy diet, adding colour, flavour and nutrients.

  • Health benefits

In addition to its nutritional value, sweet peppers have many health benefits. The vitamin C in sweet peppers strengthens the immune system and the antioxidants help protect cells against free radicals. Sweet peppers are also thought to have a positive effect on digestion, blood pressure and the cardiovascular system.

See recipes with sweet peppers:

Chicken stew

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