Paprika is a spice made from the grinding of dried fruits of Capsicum annuum (e.g. bell peppers or chili peppers). In many European countries the word paprika also refers to bell peppers themselves. The seasoning is used in many cuisines to add color and flavor to dishes. Paprika can range from sweet (mild not hot) to spicy (hot). Flavors also vary from country to country.
Paprika is used as an ingredient in a broad variety of dishes throughout the world. Paprika is principally used to season and color rices stews and soups such as goulash and in the preparation of sausages as an ingredient that is mixed with meats and other spices.