ingredient information
Paprika Oleoresin
The extractive form of paprika is an oleoresin, prepared from the dried, deseeded and ground pods using either hexane or ethylene dichloride (with the trend more to hexane today) The solvent is removed under vacuum to reduce color loss. The major producers are the U.S., Spain, Morocco and Ethiopia. A number of other countries also produce it in smaller quantities. The oleoresin is used mainly in certain sausage products, cheeses, soups and other foods where characteristic paprika coloring and flavor are desired. Oleoresin paprika can be standardized to a wide range of ASTA color values and solubility characteristics for different applications. This flexibility often makes oleoresin paprika the product of choice where appearance of the finished product is thee prime consideration