Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum
Components: A member of the nightshade family, this plant has many different varieties, bearing fruits of different shapes and sizes. After the peppers are dried and cured, they are ground into the vibrant powder commonly known as a culinary spice.
Overview: Although paprika shares the medicinal qualities of most varieties of red pepper referred to as the capsicums, it is not often used medicinally. It is, however, rich in vitamin C and carotenoids.
Uses: Dried and ground paprika is typically used as a culinary spice.