La Vera Smoked Hot 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. The chiles that produce La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika are Nora chiles that grow in the same way as other chiles. 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. They are picked from the vine by hand and then smoked in small smokehouses over the course of two weeks. The low-lying, adobe smoke houses are heated by smoking grills fired with slow-burning oak planks (this is also known as cold smoked) and are maintained to keep the smoke constant, never dried over a direct flame. The chiles are flipped by hand once a day by farmers and their families to ensure the smoke quality and that the chiles are dried 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 dried, they are pulverized into this delicious, deeply red paprika. The heat flavor is seductive and draws you in. Its characteristic dark red color spreads evenly throughout any dish. 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.
** This product is certified kosher.
La Vera Smoked Hot Paprika - Powder
500-1,000 SHU Mild Spain