What is Paprika?
"Paprika" powder is obtained by
the grinding of pods from the dried sweet red peppers Capsicum Annum. Several
grindings are necessary to obtain the correct texture. This aromatic powder
is deep red to red-orange in color; its flavor is mildly sweet and
This product should be stored consistently in a cool, dry environment. Paprika should be protected from exposure to
sunlight or other strong light, and the product should not be stored next to
any strong smelling substance. The ideal storage temperature is 40-50 degrees
Fahrenheit. The length of time paprika is good is highly dependent upon the conditions
in which it is stored. If properly stored, paprika is normally good for 18
months or even longer.
There are two primary areas of importance when evaluating paprika quality: organoleptic characteristics
(color, flavor and aroma), and the cleanliness of the product (including
light filth and microbiology).
Paprika is normally classified by its
extractable color (see ASTA Color below). Paprika
with a brighter red color will normally have a higher extractable ASTA Color
(measured in units) and is more expensive. Lighter color product (more
orange-red) will have a lower ASTA Color rating. We have available for prompt
shipment from Spain and also from Peru all available color grades of paprika.
ASTA Color Minimum 160 (160-180)
ASTA Color Minimum 140 (140-160)
ASTA Color Minimum 120 (120-140)
ASTA Color Minimum 100 (100-120)
ASTA Color Minimum 80 (80-100)
ASTA Color Minimum 60 (60-80)
is packed in strong multi-wall Paper sacks with high-density polyethylene
lining, packed 50 lbs Net Wt.
Inventory of the above grades of Paprika is available for immediate
shipment from our Warehouse in Newark, NJ.
We can also arrange shipment directly from our
overseas factories in either Spain or Peru for FCL orders. For direct
import quotes we can quote prices FOB Port Spain or Peru, or C&F to any
major port in the world. Product can be packed in 50 lb, 25 Kg or 50 Kg sacks according to the client's
We use only the cleanest dried peppers, dried inside
under controlled conditions. This is essential to providing a clean paprika powder. Furthermore, we offer sterilized
product. One should be careful when purchasing paprika
to specify parameters for light filth and microbiology as well as the
extractable color. Paprika from many
origins is routinely made from raw material dried outdoors, in the sun, thus
often unclean. We offer a full guarantee of each customer's product
specifications prior to shipment.
Importers or bulk spice buyers, re-packers, bulk
distributors: Please contact us
for a current price quote either by Telephone (973) 970-9220, Fax: (973)
970-9222 or E-mail: Info@OccidentalFoods.com