Piment Niora / Spain
Spanish smoked paprika is made from nora chiles, which are called pimiento choricero. They are always used dried, and are essential to authentic Spanish and Basque cooking. Nora chiles impart an earthy, mild, fruity flavor and fragrance – and a rich red colour – to soups, stews, sauce (romesco) and rice dishes (paella, arroz a banda), and notably, sausages. They particularly complement seafood (bacalao a la Vizcaína), as well as poultry. Try in mashed potatoes, crab cakes or octopus stew.