Most Paprika's come from Europe. They can range from sweet to hot. Each paprika has its own color and they grow in very unique shapes making them a wonderful addition to your garden.
Contrary to popular belief, peppers are very easy to grow. They like a nice soil. sunlight, and water. Fertilize every couple weeks and you can avoid pest infestations.
If you live in a short growing season like I do when the killer frost comes knocking you pull the whole plant up and hang it upside down in a cool and dry area. I put a sock over the roots so dirt does not get all over. Over time the peppers will ripen. Each pepper will have its own ripening time.
Make sure that you dry you peppers thoroughly and if you desire, save the seed. They will not be true unless you isolate a few flowers for seeds saving purposes. I use a small organza bag for this and other seed needs.
I would store you peppers in glass if you are not going to grind them immediately.
I grind my paprika in a small coffee blender, working my way up from sweet to hot.
When you deal with any hot pepper wear gloves and you might want to do your dehydrating and grinding outside.
These are all sweet paprika's, this year I am getting more serious with the heat!
- Alma Paprika
- Leutschuer Paprika
- Kolsca Paprika
- Szende Paprika