Paprika is a chile pepper family of the genus Capsicum annuum. Hungarian Paprika is the preeminent spice used in Hungarian cooking, and in Turkey and Hungary it is often used on the kitchen table in the same manner that we use pepper. Paprika is the 4th most consumed spice in the world, and is a powder made from grinding the pods of various Capsicum annuum chiles. Depending on the variety of chile and how it’s processed, the color may range from brown to a bright red, and the heat from mild to mildly spicy.
Hungarian paprika is made from peppers that are harvested and then sorted and ground to create different varieties. All Hungarian paprikas have some degree of rich, sweet red pepper flavor, but they range in pungency and heat.