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Old 10-14-2008, 12:06 PM   #1
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I love Paprika

Real paprika that is.

After commenting on my absolute disgust for store bought paprika, Big Dude was kind enough to send me a small sample of REAL home grown, dehydrated and ground paprika peppers.

I cannot believe the difference. This changes everything.

Left to right:

Spanish paprika (DIRT)
Sweet Hungarian Paprika (Better but still nasty)
Big Dudes HomeBrew (Eureka)




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Old 10-14-2008, 12:10 PM   #2
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Looks like Cliff is measuring out drugs..j/k. Can you grow some in your yard Cliff? I had a paprika plant some years back and wasn't sure what to use them for. Now I know!!!! Great post!!!
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:10 PM   #3
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Looks like Cliff is measuring out drugs..j/k. Can you grow some in your yard Cliff? I had a paprika plant some years back and wasn't sure what to use them for. Now I know!!!! Great post!!!
It is the only thing I am going to try to grow.
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Cliff - Glad you liked it. I don't know how the commercial people make theirs so bad. I suspect they just use any sweet pepper (rather than sweet paprikas) that yields a lot then bake the flavor out of them. It's a pain to grow, dry and grind them, but the flavor is so different I have to do it. The commercial stuff is mostly used for and only good for color on things like deviled eggs. Mine adds real pepper flavor to the things I use it on/in - eg chili powder. I also grow and dry my own poblano/ancho peppers and the difference is equally outstanding. They go together to make a pretty good rub.
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Sure is mighty purty. Good job!!

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Old 10-14-2008, 09:03 PM   #6
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I've been eating mine fresh. There are some in the kitchen from the last picking, so maybe I'll get the dehydrator out and try it. What will I do then for the dirt flavor in my rubs???
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Were those supreme sweets like these?

http://www.reimerseeds.com/paprika-supr ... ppers.aspx


There's like 6 or so different peppers that can be used for paprika. Sure makes a big difference between red bell peppers and hot sweets.
I grew Paprika Supreme from www.totallytomato.com
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Bored with the standard grocery-store red stuff, I'd like to try some spicy paprika, but no way am I going to grow it. Anybody found a commercial source you like? Particular brands or varieties?

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Bored with the standard grocery-store red stuff, I'd like to try some spicy paprika, but no way am I going to grow it. Anybody found a commercial source you like? Particular brands or varieties?

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There's NOTHING like having FRESH ground chile's.

Kevin,
Try some Guajillo's (med, piney, with fruity aftertaste), and Pasilla Negro's (mild, and raisiney)...they add a nice "WTF is that flavor" factor.
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