What is Ceviche?

If you are not up on modern Latin-American fare, you may not know what ceviche actually is. Ceviche typically refers to fresh raw fish that is cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime. The dish often comes flavored with various spices and/or chili peppers.

ceviche from peruThe origins of this dish can be traced back to Peru, a sea-faring country on the western side of South America, just below Ecuador.  The origin of the dish is debated among countries in that area but it is generally accepted that the dish came from Peru.

It is thought that ceviche, or something very similar to ceviche, was being made and consumed in the Peru area as far back as 2,000 years ago. There is some speculation that the dish was brought to Peru by Moorish women from the Island of Grenada. But there is no conclusive evidence of this.

In Peru, ceviche has been named  apart of the country’s “national heritage” and even has its own holiday. They take their ceviche very seriously down there.

Have you tried ceviche? If not, then if you like seafood and citrus flavor then this dish may be for you. You can come by Masa and check it out. It is listed on our ANTIOJITOS (APPETIZERS) menu.

Since ceviche is an acidic dish, you may want to pair it with a sweet drink. A sweet wine or cocktail with fruit may be the best pairing when eating ceviche. Our bartenders can help you decide what may go best with this dish.

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