Q. Dave (The owner of the most awsome site on the Internet):
I am having trouble trying to figure out exactly what peppers are used for paprika. Are all chile powders called paprika in Hungary? Just another name for the powder? Also are Hungarian Wax peppers used for them? Sincerely,
A. Hello Bernie:
Many varieties of peppers are "paprika." Eighteen such varieties are displayed in my book, Peppers of the World, and when dried and ground make powders varying in color from yellow to deep red and in pungency from nonpungent to medium-hot. I would say yes, all chile powders are called "paprika" in Hungary. Hungarian wax peppers are not used for paprika and are usually pickled. In the U.S., any nonpungent red chile powder is "paprika."