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Paprika plants tolerate nearly every climate and are grown all over the world. A fairly warm climate is necessary for a strong aroma.
Hungary is probably the world's leading producer of paprika. In fact, the Hungarian word "paprika" refers not only to this type of pepper, but to all peppers in general. (Prompted by the discovery of high levels of potential carcinogenic aflatoxins in its popular spice, Hungary banned sales of the ingredient in October 2004, though it has since resumed sales in a more supervised manner.)
Paprika is often eaten as a ground powder but sometimes as a fresh vegetable. It is commonly used in Hungarian, Balkan , Middle Eastern, and Central Asian cuisines. The round type can be stuffed with cottage cheese or salad to make a portable lunch.
Some specialty varieties of paprika are hot but the generally available ground preparation is quite mild.
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