One of the most popular of spices, paprika is a red powder prepared from sweet red peppers. It varies greatly in pungency although most commercially made powder is relatively mild. The best paprika is generally acknowledged to come from

Hungary, where it figures widely in the national cuisine.

Paprika is a most versatile spice and enhances such diverse dishes as egg mousses, fish dishes and chowders, as well as meat dishes. It is one of the main ingredients in the classic Hungarian .