Smoked paprika, or Pimentón de la Vera, is paprika that has a distinct smoky flavor and aroma, as it is dried by smoking, typically using oak wood.
Paprika is a ground spice made from dried red fruits of the larger and sweeter varieties of the Capsicum annuum. The most common variety is tomato pepper, although sometimes both chili peppers and cayenne peppers are added. Paprika is a source of vitamin A.
Paprika can range from mild to hot. Sweet paprika is mostly composed of the pericarp (outer skin), with more than half of the seeds removed, whereas hot paprika contains some seeds, stalks, placentas (where the seeds are attached to the top of the fruit), and calyces (part of stem that connects to top of the chili pepper). Store paprika in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for no more than six months.