June Spice Club – Paprika

Spice Club decorative cover photo.

Try something new! Our featured spice for the month of June is Paprika. You’re welcome to pick up a Spice Club kit beginning Saturday June 1st at 9am. The kit will contain:

  • a sample of the spice
  • recipe cards
  • history of the spice
  • a list of cookbooks you can check out from the library

Spice Club kits go fast! Unable to make it in time to grab one of your own? Try out a recipe! The three recipes included in the kit are linked below.

Paprika Quick Facts

  • Paprika is a spice made from the pods of Capsicum annuum (a shrub)
  • It is native to tropical areas including Mexico, Central America, South America, and the West Indies
  • Capsicum annuum is cultivated throughout most of the world because of its pods, which are called chili peppers; these chilies can be sweet or pungent and strong flavored and range from 1/2 an inch to 1 foot long
  • Chilies are long, round or conical in shape and are yellow, brown, purple, or red in color
  • Crops are planted in early spring and harvested in the summer and fall when chilies are glossy and ripe; chilies are dried and ground to make paprika – to make mild paprika, the central core of the pod is removed first
  • Paprika has some sugar content and is richer in vitamin C than citrus fruits!
  • A coloring agent is extracted from ground chilies and used to give meats and sausages a bright red color
  • The rose paprika of Hungary is usually considered the finest variety
  • Paprika is typically used in the cooking of Spanish and Mexican foods, as well as of the Balkan Peninsula

Information Source

Questions about Spice Club? Contact Ashley at 315-785-7714 or send her an email.