Summer = watermelon.
But sometimes I get a little over-excited about watermelon season and start to buy watermelons before they’re really at their peak. This happened a couple weeks ago when I bought a seedless (seedless was my first mistake) watermelon. It was definitely not juicy enough to warrant summer watermelon excitement. So what do you do with an entire non-juicy watermelon that no one is going to eat? I first considered just tossing it…until I found a recipe for watermelon granita.
Watermelon granita is like watermelon sno cone but way better. It’s a good way to get rid of a watermelon but it’s a little time consuming for my taste. That’s why I got my husband to make it.
Here’s what he did:
Chop up the watermelon.
Then blend it.
Then strain it.
Then add the zests and juice of two limes. After you use them up the limes look like this.
You also add a sugar syrup mixture. Stir it all together and stick it in the freezer. After two hours the granita will start to get slushy. After that point, you need to stir it every half hour or so. If you don’t stir, it will just turn into a rock of watermelon ice, so stirring is essential.
I forgot to get a picture of the final product so here’s one I found on teh intarweb.
Feed to little children and they will eat it like this…
…and scream very, very loudly if you take it away from them.
Watermelon Granita (from Grow Organic, Cook Organic)
- 1 whole watermelon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- finely grated rind and juice of 2 limes
Cut the watermelon into quarters. Discard most of the seeds, scoop the flesh into a blender and process the watermelon quarters in small batches.
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small pan, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the syrup into a bowl. Allow the syrup to cool, then chill until needed.
Strain the watermelon puree through a sieve into a large plastic container. Discard the melon seeds. Pour in the chilled syrup, lime rind, and juice and mix well.
Cover and freeze for 2 hours until the granita mixture around the sides of the container is mushy. Mash the ice finely with a fork and return to the freezer.
Freeze for a further 2 hours, mashing the mixture every 30 minutes until the granita has a slushy consistency.