Paprika is a colorful ground spice made from various types of bell and/or chili peppers. There are many different variations of the spice....Spanish, Hungarian, mild-to-very spicy, sweet and smoked.
The uses are just as varied, from sprinkling over chicken and fish to adding to roasted potatoes, soups and sauces.
Check out this interesting blog on how to make your own ground paprika: http://honest-food.net/2009/05/10/homemade-paprika-because-i-can/
The peppers used for paprika are rich in vitamin C and high in other antioxidants, so not only does paprika have beautiful color, but it also has health benefits.
Paprika can also be used cosmetically. It can be mixed with henna to help add a reddish tint to hair, and did you know that paprika is sometimes used to give color to lipstick and powders in makeup?
Would I find a jar of paprika in your cabinet? What kind of dishes do you use it in?