Paprika is a sweet-to-mildly hot cultivar of the chilli pepper (Capsicum annuum, of the family Solanaceae). Paprika peppers are a bright red elongated or round fruit.
Hungary is probably the world's leading producer of paprika; in the United States, California and Texas are the main producers.
Paprika is often eaten ground as a powder and 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.