Watermelon Granita is made from fresh watermelon that is pureed with a hint of lime.
Watermelon Granita is so refreshing that I am not sure why I haven’t been making this all summer long. I got a couple of watermelons last weekend for a dollar, seedless too and have been using watermelon in everything I can think of. This is one perfect summertime dessert. I didn’t add any additional sugar but did add the juice of a lime and a little zest.
How do you pick a watermelon when you buy one? They say to tap it and if it sounds dull it is not ripe. A ripe melon has a hollow sound. I like to look for dark green stripes also. Also the place where the melon was on the ground should be a nice creamy color, if it is white I am going to guess it is not ripe. You also want it to feel heavy for it’s size. Pick up a few and compare. The heaviest one is going to have the most water and most likely be the sweetest. Unlike a pineapple or a melon which you can smell and tell if it is ripe that just doesn’t work with a watermelon. I remember as a kid they used to take a plug out of one and show you it was ripe but if I’m not using it right away I don’t want someone putting holes in my watermelon.
- 8 cups chopped watermelon
- 1 lime, juice and zest
- up to 1/2 cup sugar - use half first and taste
- Chop and seed your watermelon. Place in blender and process until smooth. Repeat until you do all of the watermelon.
- Add the juice and zest of a lime.
- Add sugar if needed.
- Pour into a 9 x 13 pan. Cover and place in freezer.
- Take a fork and fluff the watermelon several times as it freezes. Freeze until ready to serve.