Gualtaminos Cooperative is made of producer members with small landholdings who grow and process three kinds of Spanish paprika: dulce (sweet), agridulce (bittersweet), and picante (hot) in the valley of La Vera in Extremadura, Spain. Established in 1984, Gualtaminos takes its name from the Gualtaminos gorge, one of the two natural gorges in the area. The pimentón or paprika is obtained by grinding different pepper varieties brought back by Spanish monks to their La Vera monasteries from Peru in the 16th century. All of the processing of pepper into paprika is carried out using the traditional methods of the Vera region. Each pepper is selected for a specific flavor profile in mind. The individuality of Pimentón de la Vera paprika is owed to the traditional drying system in drying houses made with sun-dried earth or rocks.