Green paprika is the name of both the type of sweet pepper and the spice produced by drying and then grinding this vegetable. And the degree of grinding can differ: there are products in powdered, crushed and chopped form. Green paprika is not as sweet as its red “relative”, has a recognizable piquant aroma and taste.
The largest supplier of paprika to date is Hungary, where the plant, originally delivered to Europe by Spanish colonizers, first appeared in the XVII century. At that time this spice was the property of common people, and only a long time later it spread not only among different segments of society, but also far beyond the borders of the country.
Green spice is very popular both in dried and fresh form, and is used in large quantities almost everywhere. It is impossible to imagine Hungarian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Mexican and many other national cuisines without this product. Spice can perfectly complement:
Due to the relatively neutral taste, green paprika is perfectly combined with a number of other spices, among which are basil, garlic, dill, coriander, parsley and nutmeg. However, some combinations, for example — with cilantro or fresh onions, are not suitable for green paprika.
Dried paprika resembles tea by its physical characteristics. This means that the spice does not withstand a long-term heat treatment. The maximum temperature in the case of this spice should not exceed the boiling point, and in the oil heated in the frying pan the product will simply burn down. That’s why many culinary specialists, in order to completely bring out the flavor of paprika and not to spoil it, mix this spice with a slightly warmed tomato sauce, which is added to the dish at the end of cooking.
Bulgarian green pepper, from which the spice is made, is also used for medicinal purposes. Due to the high content of vitamins (A, C, P, B) and other useful substances, paprika significantly strengthens the immune system, has a valuable effect on the eyesight and walls of blood vessels, improves skin health, strengthens nails and hair. In addition, green paprika is indicated for treating gastritis, colic, constipation and other troubles with the gastrointestinal tract. The product is also known for using in cosmetology, where a spicy vegetable often becomes an ingredient in rejuvenating face masks.
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