I'm replacing old spices as I organize. Since we were almost out of paprika, I bought this jumbo bottle for $2.29 at the international market. I've always read that Hungarian paprika is superior to the grocery store variety. Was this foreign bottle worth its salt?
Big Lots "Encore" paprika costs 50 cents for a 2.82 oz bottle, or 18 cents an ounce.
Ziyad Hungarian Paprika cost 2.45 for 7 oz, or 35 cents an ounce--almost double.
Big Lots Encore paprika was lighter orange; Hungarian paprika was more red.
Both had a mild smell. The Hungarian paprika had a slightly stronger flavor, a tiny bit deeper and smokier.
Conclusion: Big Lots Encore paprika is the better value, particularly if it's used mainly for garnishing deviled eggs or adding color to a spice rub. Since there was so little difference in taste, I think the difference is overrated--or the Hungarian paprika I bought isn't actually the good stuff.
I also learned I don't much care for the taste of raw paprika. Blech!
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