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Smoked Pimentón de la Vera F3 (Spain)

Smoked Pimentón de la Vera F3 (Spain)
Ingredients: Smoked Pimentón de la Vera powder
Similar to chorizo in aroma and taste. Excellent in cream sauces for shellfish (mussels à la crème).
€6.40 20 g


Scoville Heat Unit: 3. This sweet, smoky Vera chile pepper is ideal for barbecue sauces, meat marinades, and egg dishes.
  • Allergens Absent, except for cross-contamination.
    May contain traces of sesame, celery, mustard, soy.
  • Origin Spain
  • Storage / Use In a cool, dark, dry place.
  • Scoville scale 3/10
€320 / kg

Olivier Rœllinger's words

A very mild but ultra-fragrant and smoky chile pepper which tastes of chorizo sausage.

Vera chile peppers are grown and conditioned in Vera, Extremadura in western Spain. The great South American explorers hailed from Vera, and it’s easy to imagine those intrepid navigators bringing the best chile pepper they found in the New World back to enhance the cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula. Vera chile peppers are oak-smoked, which adds to their unique aroma and flavor. It takes care and attention to tradition to obtain Vera chile peppers of this quality.

I especially enjoy this mild chile pepper in light cream sauces served with fish, and white meat like veal. It also goes well in pasta with zucchini cream sauce.
One final recommendation : If you like mussels in cream sauce, add a good pinch of Vera chile pepper the next time you prepare them.


Vera chile peppers are grown in the Cácera province in western Spain. In the 16th century, monks from the Monastery of Yuste spread the cultivation of vera chiles throughout the nearby valley.

Vera chile peppers are hybrids of two pepper species : capsicum annuum et capsicum longum. We source our Vera chile pepper powder from a family who have been growing, smoking, and grinding the chiles themselves for three generations. To this day, their chile peppers are still harvested by hand. They then use the traditional AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) methods unique to region that call for slow smoking the chiles and stirring them once a day so that they dry evenly. The dried chile peppers are then stone-ground.

Vera chile pepper powder is type of smoked paprika, a spice which plays an integral role in Spanish cuisine. It’s used to season marinated and grilled meats as well as paella and Spanish tortillas (potato omelets).