Paprika Capsicum annum
Part Used Fruit
From the sweet red pepper brought to Europe from the new world by Columbus, Paprika is widely used to add color to foods and sauces. Spanish Paella gets much of its rich flavor from Spanish Style Paprika, which has a more pungent taste than the Hungarian.
The two European centers for growing Paprika as stated above are Hungary and Spain. Hungarian Paprika has traditionally been the stronger and richer of the two with Spanish being milder. Most of the paprika used in the United States comes from this country with California being a major producer.