super fish Super Paiche


Basic information

The paiche, known scientifically as Arapaima gigas, is the largest fish in the Peruvian Amazon, reaching lengths of approximately 3 meters and weighing up to 200 kilos. This animal lives only in waters with thick growth of aquatic plants. Its diet consists of fish, crustaceans, plants, and insects. In terms of reproduction, between October and November, the female lays eggs and it is the male that is responsible for caring for them and moving them to different locations.

Seasonal availability

All the year

Human health benefits

The paiche is a marine animal that provides the body with a large amount of protein, minerals, iron, zinc, and Omega 3, 6, and 9. It helps prevent anemia and malnutrition in both children and pregnant women. It also lowers high cholesterol, regenerates tissue, heals wounds, and prevents coronary diseases in adults.

Eating fish such as the paiche is healthy and it is easy and quick to digest. It is quick and economical to prepare and is accessible to the general public.



This tasty fish is highly nutritional, with 18.45% protein, 75.03% moisture, 5.40% fat, 1.06% marine salts, and 0.06% carbohydrates. Also, its high Omega 3 content helps prevent cardiovascular problems, and its Omega 6 improves the brain and blood pressure.

It is also high in protein, has zero cholesterol, and is high in DHA and EPA fatty acids and low in fat. The preparation of this food promotes the sustainable use of natural resources, helping to protect the environment.

The paiche can be found in the lower Amazon River basins. It is able to collect air from the surface with its swim bladder. This animal feeds only on fish such as the boquichico, carachama, mojarra, liza, sardine, and yuhlia. Its main predators include: the sharara (bird), the piranha, the shuyo (fish), the jaguar and parasites such as the candiru, which lodge in their gills and suck their blood.


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