Alma paprika peppers are also referred to as “sweet apple” and hail from Hungary. The name “alma” means pie in Hungarian, and it is named after both pies and apples because they are round in shape. Alma paprika peppers are sweet and slightly spicy and are great for eating raw or drying and grinding into a powder to use as a seasoning. They are as spicy as a milder jalapeño, although there is a similar pepper, referred to as alma spicy paprika, or hot apple peppers, that score up to 10,000 SHU.

Alma paprika peppers start out white in color, and mature into orange and then red.

How hot?

2,000-3,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Scientific name

Capsicum annuum


Alma paprika peppers are both sweet and spicy.


Alma peppers are often ground into powder, but usually, if you find paprika powder it is not made from alma peppers. These peppers can also be used sliced up in a salad, or stuffed with cheese or garlic and pickled.

Products that use alma paprika peppers

Sweet apple peppers are not commonly used in commercial food products and are rarely sold in American grocery stores. If you want to try them for yourself, you may have to grow them at home.

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Seeds to grow at home

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