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Paprika or paprika: properties, benefits and use in cooking recipes

What is paprika or paprika? Paprika is called red pepper or red pepper once it is dried and ground. If you wonder how paprika is used, you should know that paprika is a product widely used as a spice that is used to flavor cooking recipes . But you will see later in the article that paprika has very interesting properties and benefits for your health. Do you want to know them?

It is common to use it as a condiment or dressing in different dishes that are part of Mediterranean cuisine, such as cabbage with paprika, chickpeas with paprika, chard with paprika, the salsa of the patatas bravas or the beans with paprika.

Paprika brings a very characteristic and easily identifiable smell, color and flavor to food.

Some call paprika the red gold. It is one of those spices, like saffron , that cannot be missing in a kitchen. Of course, to ensure that it contains its organoleptic qualities and its nutritional properties, we have it very clear: we are left with organic paprika .

Where do you get the paprika?

Paprika or paprika is obtained from the peppers, chiles, peppers or red peppers, Capsicum annuum L . Once the fruit is harvested, it is left to dry and ground, this is how the paprika is made and obtained.

The pepper began to be cultivated in Spain in the 15th century and comes from America like other foods such as pumpkin or squash , tomato , avocado or avocado , potato or potato and pineapple .

The pepper or chili pepper can be easy to grow, being one of the preferred crops in urban gardens because it can even be planted in pots. If you dare, here is the link to the article on pepper cultivation so you can read more.

Today there are different varieties of paprika . We can find mainly three types of paprika or paprika:

  • Sweet paprika : with a sweet touch, it is a paprika that does not sting and is the most widespread and most commonly used.
  • Hot paprika : adds spice to the dish to a greater or lesser extent depending on the amount we use.
  • Smoked paprika : for the process of drying or dehydrating the pepper, oak or oak wood is used, and this gives the paprika a very particular smell and flavor and is easily distinguishable from sweet and spicy paprika.

Do you like to take care of yourself? If your goal is to have good health and you like to be well, choose organic fruits and vegetables and take care of yourself from the outside with BIO hygiene and cosmetic products . Remember that ECO food is the best for you and the planet.

Nutritional value of paprika

If you need to know what are the vitamins of paprika, minerals and other nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber, in this table you can see in detail what are the nutrients that paprika or paprika has per 100 grams:

paprika nutrient table

In addition, paprika provides us with phytosterols (plant sterols), specifically 175 mg per 100 grams of this food seasoning.

What are the properties of paprika and what is it for?

Well, in addition to the fact that paprika can have preservative properties for food, paprika gives us:

Capsaicin , a compound that has an analgesic, antibiotic effect and is added to creams that are applied externally to the skin to improve cases of herpes and psoriasis.

Lycopene , the carotene that provides the red color to peppers, has anticancer action, helps fight free radical damage to DNA, along with vitamins A, C, E and selenium, all of them with antioxidant action. You can read more about the benefits of red foods .

Phytosterols , inhibit the absorption of cholesterol that may be found in foods eaten with paprika. Phytosterols can have very interesting benefits for our health due to their anti-inflammatory action, their protective effect on the prostate gland and their ability to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells . These plant sterols could also play an important role in helping to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Other foods that provide us with good amounts of phytosterols are olive oil , legumes , whole grains or nuts , although all foods of plant origin have them.

As you can see in the table with the nutritional composition of paprika, it is very complete in terms of its contribution of macro and micronutrients.

It is worth incorporating this seasoning several times a week to take advantage of the properties and benefits of paprika for the general well-being of our body.

In Spain there are two peppers recognized with the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) seal :

  • Pimentón de La Vera (Cáceres, Extremadura) is a smoked paprika that you can find in sweet, ocal or bittersweet and spicy.
  • Paprika from Murcia , also of excellent quality and internationally recognized. It is a sweet paprika with an intense aroma and a bright red color.

paprika benefits

How is paprika used?

Whether it is sweet, spicy or smoked paprika, it is usually added when the recipe is finished, to avoid burning. Once you have turned off the heat and you are going to let the food rest for a few minutes before serving it, add the paprika.

The amount depends on the type of paprika you use (sweet, spicy, bittersweet, smoked), your personal taste and the amount of food. For example, for a white bean stew for 4 people you can add an amount of between ¼ teaspoon and 1 level teaspoon, which would be equivalent to about 4 grams.

Recipes with paprika

Paprika or paprika adds smell, color and flavor to dishes and can be added to a large number of foods to improve them and provide aroma and flavor:

  • Sautéed vegetables
  • Galician octopus
  • Potatoes Riojana’s style
  • Bacalao Al Ajoarriero
  • Marinated loin
  • Stuffed eggs
  • Crumbs
  • Oven roasted foods
  • Stews
  • Stews
  • Soups
  • Creams
  • Stir-fries
  • Potatoes
  • Sauces and dressings
  • Marinades
  • Marinade
  • Sausages such as chorizo ​​or chistorra.

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