Sweet, red pimentón peppers are slowly dried over oak coals, which imbue them with a rich, smoky flavor that imparts a savory depth and gorgeous color to any dish.
Our Smoked Pimentón Paprika comes from a single family-owned fábrica in the Extremadura region of western Spain famous for pimentón de la vera, which has a Designation of Protected Origin status from the European Union.
Restaurateur Alissa Wagner told NY Mag it's her favorite paprika.
What they're saying
Paprika. What are the two best-known countries that produce it? Spain and Hungary, right? Well, paprika, and all peppers for that matter, are actually relatively new to Europe.
Christopher Columbus brought peppers back to Spain from the New World just a few hundred years ago. In Spain, the seeds were distributed to the monasteries, which planted the peppers and taught their communities how to farm them. Centuries later, the Extremadura region in Western Spain has a protected designation of origin for their world-famous smoked paprika, so we flew to Extremadura to see the harvest for ourselves.
The paprika season starts in February, when farmers plant young paprika seedlings in long rows. By September, the plants are chock-full of firetruck-red peppers that resemble a witch's fingers. That's when they get picked and brought over to the two-story smokehouses located on each farm.
The lower level of the smokehouse is an oak-wood fire that burns for 24 hours a day. The peppers are loaded into the upper level, where they spend two weeks getting smoked over the gentle heat. Every day or two, the farmers use shovels to turn the peppers over so they dry out evenly and completely. The farmers know the peppers are completely dry by the crunch the peppers make when they're turned over.
The smell of the smokehouses wafts over fields of tobacco, the other major crop grown in Extramadura's fertile soil, filling the air with a fragrance reminiscent of a cigar bar filled with leather books... in the best way possible.
This is my second time ordering the smoked pimenton, and the third time I've experienced this spice as it was initially a gift. Such a sweet, savory, amazing spice to bring depth and homey-ness to any dish. I preach the smoked paprika gospel to anyone who joins me in my kitchen whether that's friends, family, or students. Plus it's in support of such a great company, so, thumbs up all around.
Bottle diameter size
I am excited to get the spices but found that the bottle does not fit standard size spice rack. I have high end spice pullout cabinet with stainless rack for three tier spice storage. Also found there is no shaker insert which requires me to always have a tool to remove spice from bottle. I don’t know if I will make further purchases. So sad about this.
Your potatoes will thank you
I was not expecting to like the smokiness as much as I have with this paprika. I love adding this to home fries or any dish with ground beef. I started adding it to my homemade taco seasoning blend and my family is obsessed. They always ask for more when they visit!