Externally, the spice is a powder of pink, deep red or orange color. The seasoning has a peppery aroma, a slightly sweet taste and a slight bitterness.
For the manufacture of spices, non-burning or low-burning varieties of capsicum are used. Ripe fruits are harvested by hand. Peppers are dried in the sun unfolded. Sometimes they are hung on threads. Dried fruits are ground mechanically.
Typically, the seasoning is divided into sweet and spicy. But there are a few more varieties peppers, which have a different shade and taste:
Sometimes smoked paprika is found. In the process of its manufacture, peppers are not only dried, but also smoked.
Paprika is usually added to meat dishes, as well as:
- side dishes;
- cold snacks;
It happens that the spice is used in the preparation of some desserts. And in sausage and meat production, it is used mainly as a dye.
Just look at composition seasonings to understand whether it is good for the human body. It contains:
- trace elements;
- essential oils;
- organic acids;
The seasoning is rich in vitamin C, as well as A, B1, B2, D, PP. Of the trace elements it contains iron, zinc, selenium, manganese, copper. Macronutrients – sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus.
Carotenoids give paprika its red color. Fragrance – essential oils. The spice has a pungent taste thanks to the alkaloid capsaicin, which is found in pepper seeds. Capsacin is irritating to the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract, digestive tract and skin.
Red paprika varieties contain more nutrients.
Due to its composition, the spice has a mass useful properties, namely:
- regulates metabolism;
- stimulates blood circulation;
- improves vision;
- relieves joint pain;
- strengthens the immune system;
- eliminates thrombosis and varicose veins;
- promotes hair and nail growth.
In addition, the seasoning has antioxidant, antibacterial, diuretic, tonic and tonic properties.
Paprika helps with depressive disorders, prevents anemia and even improves mood.
The spice is useful in diabetes mellitus, as it helps to equalize glucose levels.
The spice is used for cosmetic purposes. For example, it is added to hair masks.
Paprika contraindicated if you have the following health problems:
- diseases of the kidneys, liver, stomach;
- disorders of the cardiovascular system;
- individual intolerance.
Seasoning is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.
People who are prone to overweight should not overuse the spice, as it increases appetite.
Seasoning will not lose its useful properties if it:
- store in a dry place;
- do not expose to prolonged heat treatment;
- do not use after the expiration date.
Paprika not only perfectly complements dishes, it prevents and fights some diseases. When used wisely, the spice will not harm, but will bring tremendous health benefits.