It is a sad day. I've just finished my bag of Hungarian paprika.
Back in April 2003 I attended the EACL conference to present a paper detailing some of the work I'd be doing on Question Answering. The conference was being held in Budapest, Hungary were I spent a wonderful six days. I'm not going to go into the details of the trip as you can read about them in my travelogue.
On one of my trips into the centre of Budapest I bought a number of packets of Hungarian paprika, both for myself and as presents for friends and family who cook a lot. Authentic Hungarian paprika is important in a number of recipes, especially Töltött Paprika, although I mainly use it in a beef fajita recipe.
While it was undoubtedly past it's sell by date it was still wonderful and added a distinctive flavour to any dish it was added to. I'm certainly going to miss it in the beef fajita recipe -- paprika you can easily buy in Britain just doesn't compete.