Paprika is a spice made from air-dried fruits of the chili pepper family. Although paprika is often associated with Hungarian cuisine, the chilies from which it is made are native to the New World. Spain and Portugal introduced these to the Old World from the Americas. Spanish pimenton, as it is known there, is often smoked, giving it a unique, earthy flavor. The seasoning is also used to add colour and flavour to many types of dishes.