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Independent Growers Hopes to Spice Up Paprika Market

Paprika maker Peter Szabo shows his pepper-stained gloves in Batya, 140km south of Budapest. Szabo, 41, left a lucrative telecommunications job in Britain, sold his property and returned to Batya, a riverside village in the Hungarian flatlands south of Budapest, to grow red peppers.

Independent Growers Hope to Spice Up Paprika Market

Many are hoping to put Hungary's once booming paprika business, a

powdered spice that has long been a staple in Hungarian cooking, back on

the map after decades of neglect and despite fierce competition from

countries including Brazil, Serbia and China.