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Paprika is in the air II. The real szegedi man

After the previous post I’m continuing with translating another literary text written by early-20th century writer and columnist, Zsigmond Móricz. The original and full stories In Hungarian appeared in his prose collection called Paprika is in the air. From the writings we get to know Szeged the city and its people in the 1910s through the insights…

„Why are they treading hard on paprika seeds? Because they’re damn hot.” Paprika processing in the past I.

  It is October and we are in the middle of paprika harvest and processing. Among autumn to-dos is paprika processing, which today is by no means easy and quick but a lot easier than in the past. Until the 1930s all paprika pods were naturally hot and it was local farmers in the mid-19th century…

Autumn to-dos: harvest and post-harvest ageing of paprika

Autumn is the busiest time of the agricultural year and it’s true for the red spice paprika varieties, too. Picking, post-harvest ageing and processing was always an arduous job and it is no different today. Harvest traditionally started on 8 September, the Day of the Blessed Virgin Mary and ended before frost set in or until…

Paprika and vitamin C. Albert Szent-Györgyi 125

„Discovering is seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought” said Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine in 1937. Albert Szent-Györgyi was born on 16 September 1893. In this post we are celebrating the life and work of this wonderful man. A charming personality, an eventful…

Szeged Lowertown, Pious Town, Paprika Town

Szeged Lowertown has always been a separate entity within Szeged city. Its homogeneous Hungarian population followed strict Roman Catholic ethics and made a living from agriculture. Among their most famous crops were tobacco and paprika. The two most important characteristics by the end of the 19th century were their religious faith and the sweet paprika spice called…