Watermelon Granita

This sweet summer dessert recipe makes about 1 quart of the icy treat.


  • 4 cups seedless watermelon purée
  • ½ cup sugar, or to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon


Remove the seeds from the watermelon and purée in a blender. Put the purée through a coarse sieve into a bowl and stir in the sugar; hold some back to avoid over-sweetening.  Add the lemon juice and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Cover and chill well, overnight if possible.  Put the chilled watermelon mixture into a wide shallow pan, cover and carefully set it in the freezer. From time to time, as it begins to freeze, stir it, breaking up the ice crystals but without smoothing them as for sorbet. In a home freezer this takes about 3 hours after thorough chilling. Spoon the granita into bowls for serving. A green leaf from your herb garden makes a pretty garnish.


Edible Boston, Summer 2008