The manufacturing process of paprika has recently left numerous food enthusiasts worldwide feeling disappointed.
The revelation of the true production process of the beloved spice has taken people by surprise, as it turns out to be quite different from what they had imagined.
Given its use in a variety of dishes, ranging from paella to chicken fajitas, one would assume that most people have a general understanding of what paprika is.
However, recent internet revelations indicate that such assumptions would be incorrect.
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Australian Instagram influencer Nutra Organics created quite a commotion among her followers when she exposed the reality behind the paprika production process.
On the social media platform, the food enthusiast penned the following: "Learning that paprika is just dried and crushed red capsicum was really shocking."
"I don't know why I thought there was a paprika tree somewhere."
The widely used seasoning found in Hungarian and Spanish cuisine is prepared by drying capsicum and subsequently grinding it into a fine powder.
Paprika can be created using a variety of peppers such as bell peppers, cayenne peppers, Aleppo peppers, or sweet peppers.
Before being ground up using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, the pepper must first be left to dry out.
Expressing their utter bewilderment, Twitter users appear to be completely baffled by the revelation of the paprika production process.
One person comments: "I didn't think there was a paprika tree, but I for sure thought it was some kind of spice blend or like its own thing that they just powdered."
Another writes: "I also thought there was a curry tree and that allspice was a combination of spices."
According to the food enthusiast's post, paprika is derived from sweet and mild peppers that are crushed and ground. The introduction of spicier peppers to Europe can be traced back to the early Spanish explorers of the Americas.
Over time, European cultivators have engaged in selective breeding to develop milder variations of the plant, resulting in a notably sweeter flavor profile.
For those who wish to make their own smoked paprika, a highly desired ingredient in meat rubs and ranch dressings, the first step entails smoking the peppers over an oak fire before proceeding with the drying process.
In essence, paprika does not have its own distinct tree since the tree used for regular peppers serves the purpose.