Our very special Sweet Paprika is grown on a small regenerative farm in the oldest paprika-growing region of Hungary. Perfect for classic Hungarian dishes, this sweet paprika adds richness, sweetness and depth to anything it touches.
Our partner farmer, Péter, grows two heirloom varieties of peppers: Szegedi 80, known for its deep red color and sweetness, and mihályteleki, known for its rich fragrance. The peppers are picked when perfectly ripe, then hung in mesh bags to cure in the breeze. This curing process, called sukju (or "salami bag" by the locals), brings the sugars to the surface. After curing, the peppers are dehydrated and ground in small batches.
- Add to soups and stews for a gorgeous color and fresh, sweet flavor
- Use in rubs, marinades and dressings
- Make classic Hungarian dishes like goulash, chicken paprikash and stuffed cabbage
Péter, our partner farmer in Hungary, moved home to Budapest after a stint in England, and there he met his wife. She wanted to leave the city, so in 2010 they made their new home in Kalocsa, working in family business of growing peppers for paprika. He cures the peppers for a month behind his house and the houses of his mother's friends who have aged out of the hard labor. His grandfather's land was taken away by the government when communism took over from Russia, and his grandfather made Péter promise that one day all of his land would grow paprika again.