Shopping Bag

You have no items in your shopping cart.

Search

Tag Archives: Israeli paprika

  • Paprika Series Part 1 - Capsicum Annuum

    It is my pleasure to present a series of posts about one of my favorite spices -- paprika. The first part will be about the spice and its origins. The second part will be about my husband's mother, who lives in Israel, and has a paprika farm.

    Paprika refers to the Capsicum fruit which is a bell pepper. When it is dried and ground into a powder it is then used as a seasoning in many cuisines from around the world to add color and flavor to the dishes. The major producers of paprika are Spain and other Mediterranean regions, South America, India, Hungary and California. But Israel has emerged to join this well-established group as a serious paprika grower. I asked one of the farmers that we do business with to tell us about the process of cultivating paprika, the varieties that are produced and about the differences in various paprika peppers. Continue reading

  • Paprika Series Part 2 -- Shuli's Mom and the Paprika Farm

    In 1949, Shuli's mother immigrated from Yemen to Israel where she had settled in the Negev (the desert region of southern Israel) with her family. Her history with paprika peppers started about 30 years ago, when they were farmers growing vegetables and running a dairy farm. Shuli's father used to go to the spice market on a regular basis to buy spices for his wife. When he returned with his purchases, they would often complain about the quality of the spices. One day when Shuli's dad came home from the spice market, he informed his wife that they were going to open a spice shop! Soon afterward they opened their very own spice store which they proudly called Tavlinai Ha Bayeit(Home Spice).

    Shuli's mother began searching around for quality sources of whole spices to buy which she would then grind on a daily basis. Yet, the paprika peppers she bought were still not up to the standard of quality she was looking for. So she decided to start growing her own peppers. At first she planted a small quantity -- about 1 acre. Soon after that, the quality paprika she produced became so popular she had to plant more up to 10 acres.The paprika farm included the whole family, and along with her husband, the children also helped out. Right after school they would have to do weeding, planting, harvesting or grinding chores. Each child had his/her daily tasks to finish before they could go out and play. Continue reading

2 Item(s)