Hot Paprika Peppers
By Jim (Habanero) Duffy
These are the Paprika types that have some heat. When I use the word hot it means has heat. Not hot like other hot peppers.
The heat will range from barely detectable to above a hot jalapeno. The one type that does have a good kick to it is the Targu
Mures from Transylvania. These peppers range from Eastern Europe to Western Russia and some are found as far south as Turkey.
Some of the Hot Paprika peppers are large enough to stuff like the Alma Paprika but most are dried to make powders for cooking
in traditional dishes.
One of the many delicious Paprika peppers from the area of Kalocsa, Hungary. The Paprika Kalocsa is very close in appearance to the Szegedi
179 Paprika variety. But it is thicker almost 3/4 of an inch and can get over 6 inches in length. The heat level is considered very mild
compared to other chiles. Depending on growing conditions the heat will be very little or none at all. They ripen from green to dark red
and have a rich paprika flavor with fruity tones. The Paprika Kalocsa can be dried for seasoning, stuffed, roasted or used to make a nice
sauce. The Paprika Kalocsa chile plants can grow up to 3 feet tall.
Szegedi 179 Paprika
These hail from the area of Hungary called Szeged. This is pronounces Seged. These have a medium heat so considered to be classified as a hot paprika type.
They are used dried or in powder form but in my opinion can be used to make a nice sauce or be roasted whole. The flavor is rich and fruity. The Szegedi 179
chile is about 3 times the thickness of a cayenne and gets almost 4 inches long. The Szegedi 179 chile plants grow up to 3 feet tall.
A very rare small hot Paprika type from Transylvania. The peppers are about the size of an average Serrano pepper,
but the heat level is close to a Cayenne. They ripen from green to red. Traditionally they are dried for seasoning
powder but also can be used for sauces or stir fry. The flavor is rich with fruity tones. The Targu Mures chile plants
grow up to 3 feet tall.
This is a richly flavored sweet Paprika type from Hungary that is extremely productive. They sometimes will have a mild heat.
The peppers grow pointing down and ripen from creamy white to orange and then red. The more ripened they are the sweeter they
will be! The fruit is about two inches in diameter at the stem and narrows down to a point with a curled tip. The seeds were
first sourced from Hungary in 2007. The Bacskai Feher chiles can be fried, roasted, stuffed, made into a sweet salsa or sauce
and used in a salad. The Bacskai chile plants can grow to 3 feet tall.
This is a Hungarian Paprika type that has mild heat. It was originally sourced from Geza Korbely a man from Hungary who
brought many pepper and tomato varieties to North America. The Pelso ripen from creamy white to orange red. They take a
very long time for final ripening. Flavor is sweet but comes out more when cooked. Not much flavor in creamy white stage
unless it is cooked. Like a hatch or a poblano not meant to be eaten raw unless fully ripened. The Pelso fruits grow
pointing up and are about 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long coming to a point at the end. They can be roasted,
fried, stuffed, sauced and eaten in salads (salads if fully ripe). The Pelso chile plants grow about 2 feet tall.
This variety is originally from Leutschau, Slovakia. It was brought to Matufred, Hungary in the early 1800's
where it is popular today. A mild heat Paprika that is thin walled and used for drying into a premium paprika
powder. Like other Paprika the Leutschauer Paprika has a sweetness but rich flavor. They can also be stuffed
or made into a mild sauce. The Leutschauer Paprika chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall and are very productive.
Peppers ripen from green to red.
This is another variety from one of the Paprika capitals of the world Kalocsa, Hungary' It is very sweet but has a mild amount of heat.
The PCR Paprika peppers ripen from creamy white to orange and finally red. They are about 5 inches long and about 3 inches in diameter
close to the stem. The fruits are pendant pods that narrow to a pointy end. The PCR Paprika chile plants grow just under 3 feet tall and
need staking because of the abundance of fruit on the plant.
The Faludi is a mildly spicy Paprika type from Hungary. They produce fruits that are about 6 inches long that taper to a point.
They grow pointing up but the larger fruits eventually drop down as they get larger. They ripen from green to orange and then
finally red. The Faludi pepper is very sweet and ideal for roasting, frying or stuffing. It can also be dried and made into a
nice Paprika seasoning. The Faludi chile plants get between 3-4 feet tall
At Refining Fire Chiles we isolate our seed production plants to avoid
cross-pollination with other chile species. If you want to try it yourself contact us for seeds, plants (March-August) and fresh chiles (September).
We also grow the Trinidad 7 Pot, Trinidad Scorpion, Naga Morich, Chocolate Habanero and many other Hot Chile Pepper plant