Hungarian Szeged Paprika
Will the "Real" Hungarian Szeged Paprika
As with many products that are produced
worldwide, some countries have designated areas of their country as
protected, certified or departments of origin, and in some cases the
usage of the products name.
For an example, Champagne can only come from the
Champagne region of France and must be made in a very specific way, as
it has been made for centuries. Made elsewhere in the world, it must
called sparkling wine and can be made in the method of Champagne,
aka. method champenoise. The French are very protective of their
indiginous products and through international trade laws they have be
able to protect Champagne from cheap immitations.
The same rules
of origin and quality apply to a type of Hungarian Paprika...The state
protected Szeged region's Paprika growers and millers must use
traditional methods of growing, drying and milling to be called Szeged
Many of the Paprika brands from Szeged stay there
and aren't exported. One familiar brand to the Americas is "Pride of
Szeded" and I feel that it's excellent, as I'm sure all Paprikas from
that region are. I've used it for years in Chicken Paprikas, Veal
Hongroise, Goulash and many other dishes.
Look: the same name, "Pride of Szeged"! The real one is on the left---it's
Hungarian and not Hungarian Style! The one on the right is an immitation
of the famed Hungarian "Pride of Szeged" Paprika! There are no international laws
to prevent it.
You can count on the "Pride of Szeded" brand being
authentic and a real Hungarian Paprika from Sedged! As with almost
everything else, copy cat brands have sprung up. Don't be fooled again
with an imitation, especially when it says Hungarian Style, even though
it's packaged in almost an idenitcal container---cripes, everyone is just
out to make a buck and try and fool us consumers. So beware of
everything you buy and read the lables and not just look at the similar