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Peruvian Ceviche World Heritage

diciembre 19, 2023
Peru is celebrating! Our Peruvian Ceviche has received an extraordinary international honor. UNESCO has declared it an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. As Peruvians, we are so happy about this great news, so we will tell you the history of Ceviche, the reasons why Peruvian Ceviche is a World Heritage, also Why you have to try it on your Peru trip. Join us as we delve into the cultural and culinary richness of Peruvian Ceviche!

Peruvian Ceviche is an example of Diversity and Heritage

If there is one dish that unites Peruvians, it is ceviche. This unity is reflected in its diverse ingredients. Fresh fish and lemons come from the north of Peru, while onions and garlic come from the south. Sweet potato and corn come from the country’s center, and various chili peppers connect us to the rich heritage of agricultural biodiversity. This culinary legacy has been passed down from pre-Columbian times until now. Peruvian ceviche isn’t just a dish; it’s an example of the country’s product diversity and the legacy of ancient Peruvian culture.


A Culinary Journey Through Peruvian Ceviche

Ceviche’s origin is debated across South and Central America and the Polynesian Islands, but it’s widely believed to have originated on Peru’s Pacific coasts around 2000 years ago. The Moche civilization (Ancient Peruvian Culture) used tumbo juice (Peruvian Fruit) for marination, and later the Incas in the Andes mountains marinated it with chicha. Spanish influence 400 years ago introduced Mediterranean ingredients, replacing tumbo/chicha with lime or orange and adding cilantro. Japanese influence further modified the method, transitioning from hours of marination to immediate serving after cutting and smothering in juices. And That’s the history behind our Peruvian Ceviche.

The origins of Peruvian ceviche in a map
Tumbo was the first ingredient that Peruvians used to cure the fish for Ceviche

Why is Peruvian Ceviche World Heritage?

UNESCO has recognized the important value of the practices and meanings associated with the preparation and consumption of Peruvian ceviche. It is a cultural practice that is directly related to sustainable development and that values artisanal fishing, and sustainable lemon production, but also as a representative expression of traditional Peruvian food, sharing, social cohesion, and recognition among Peruvians.


What Does Ceviche Represent For Peruvians?

Peruvian ceviche is an emblem of pride and admiration for all of us who call Peru home. Because it represents joy and becomes the perfect reason for friends to get together and share this dish on the beach or as an infallible remedy for a hangover. Ceviche has a special place in our culture. From the humble street versions to the refined creations of Lima’s best restaurants, ceviche is synonymous with friendship and socializing. Its aphrodisiac effects and its ability to relieve hangovers only add to its charm. In short, ceviche is not just a dish; it is the identity and gastronomic treasure most appreciated by Peruvians.

Peruvian Ceviche World Heritage

Hands-on Lima Cooking Class, Learn How to Prepare Ceviche

Ready to experience a hands-on Lima cooking class experience and local market tour? Join us on our tasty tour and learn from expert local guides in a vibrant local market. Then elevate your culinary skills in our Peruvian Cooking Classes with our Peruvian chef while enjoying the breathtaking views of the ocean. In this Lima cooking class, you will prepare Causa Limeña, Traditional Ceviche, and Pisco sour and try Peruvian exotic fruits from the local Market. 


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