People are only just discovering what paprika is really made of and it's blowing their minds | The Sun

People are only just discovering what paprika is really made of and it's blowing their minds | The Sun

January 27, 2023

FOR anyone looking to bring a vibrant colour and hint of sweetness to their dish, chances are they'll reach for the paprika.

But it turns out, many of us have been using it without actually knowing what it's really made from – and the revelation has been blowing people's minds.

A woman took to Twitter under the handle @simsimmaaz and revealed her shock after making the discovery.

“Learning that paprika is just dried, and crushed red bell peppers was really shocking," she penned.

"Like I dunno why I thought there was a paprika tree somewhere."

The post quickly racked up over 170,000 likes and 15,5000 comments – and it turns out she's not the only one that was none the wiser.


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“Like I could’ve sworn there was a paprika plant," admitted one.

A second penned: "You are not alone.

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"This was me like four years ago.

"I think I was even in Hungary when it happened or it was just before the trip.

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"I also thought there was a paprika tree, don't let them shame you."

A third was baffled and commented: "Wait what???"

Meanwhile, a fourth commented: "You’re not as bad as me who didn’t realize Guacamole is just Avocados.

"I always thought it tasted familiar. SMH."

Elsewhere, one clued-up social media user shed light on the origins of the word.

"I think 'paprika' means 'pepper' in Hungarian," noted one.

The initial Twitter poster replied: "I guess I have to say that I am not Hungarian. I have never been to Hungary.

"I am from Canada and the Paprika sold in stores here is not spicy by default and is made with a variety of sweet peppers depending on the supplier which includes red bell peppers."

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