Ceviche Ce-vi-che, where does this word come from? Well there isn't a precise answer. The origin of the plate is disputed between Peru and Ecuador. This could be because they were previously both part of the Inca Empire and both have access to abundant amounts of fish and shellfish as well. The dish at first, pre-Spaniard invasion, was marinated with chicha, juice that comes from maize.

Once the Spaniards arrived with lime and onion from the Mediterranean then that was used to marinade the fish. The more cultures that came together allowed for this dish to come to what it is today. Ceviche has now evolved throughout South America and is prepared differently in countries like Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, and Panama. Because of its wide spread throughout Latin America it has also now becoming more popular in restaurants in Europe as well as the United States.