Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Watermelon Granita

I just learned about granita this summer from a new friend of mine. If you don't know what one is, you are missing out, especially here in the middle of summer. A granita is a frozen fruit treat akin to ices. Well it's actually more like a shaved ice than traditional Italian ices. I have used this basic recipe that I am about to share with different kinds of juices, such as cranberry, orange-apple, peach and they have all been delicious. However, the watermelon is my favorite.

1C filtered or spring water
1/4C agave nectar
3C watermelon juice *

In a saucepan combine the water and agave and heat unitl all the agave is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the juice. POur into a 9 x 13 glass dish and place in the freezer. Every 20 minutes take a fork and drag it through the liquid until it is completely frozen. Dragging the fork through the juice as it freezes creates air cirulation and causes flaking of the ice crystals making a crisp, sweet and fruity dessert.

*Watermelon is mostly water and so you can put the flesh through a juicer and then mash the pulp through a strainer. There will be very little pulp when you done and lots of yummy juice.



  1. I first heard of granitas at PJ's Coffee (about 20 years ago). It was sort of like you described - granular/icy thing, but made with coffee, milk & sugar instead of fruit. I liked them, but haven't had any in eons. The watermelon version sounds way better, actually.