It’s Hot! Cool Down with this Watermelon Granita

As the temperature rises, you’ll need something to help you beat that heat. Try making this watermelon granita!

What’s a granita you may ask? It’s just a fancy word for a yummy, fruitastic slushy!

½ watermelon, rind removed and cut into 2 inch cubes
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. water


1. Using a food processor or blender, puree the watermelon cubes. You may have to do it in batches. One half of a watermelon should yield about 5 cups of puree.

Watermelon Puree from Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket

2. Make a simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove the syrup from the heat.

Simple Syrup from Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket

3. Mix the puree and syrup together.

4. Strain the mixture and then pour it into a large, shallow pan (13 x 9 x 2.) Make sure that the granita is no more than 1-inch thick, or else it will take FOREVER to freeze. Put the pan in the freezer for one hour.

5. After an hour, remove the pan from the freezer. Using a fork, scrape the granita from the bottom and sides of the pan. Put it back into the freezer.

6. Every hour, remove the pan from the freezer and rake the ice crystals until the granita is frozen through and there is no more liquid.

7. Serve it up! It’s super pretty, so use a clear glass.

Watermelon Granita from Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket

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2 Responses to It’s Hot! Cool Down with this Watermelon Granita

  1. Jack Boyd says:

    I am very disappointed in the changes being made under the new ownership. I ate at the Asheville Westgate deli every other day of the week. I bought the deli meal deal which is no longer being offered. Some of the most popular daily selections are no longer available daily, like the Cranberry Kale or the curry mock Chicken Salad or the butternut squash salad. Healthy green vegetable choices are fewer. There are more unhealthy pasta and carbohydrate choices instead – more like a truck stop deli choices. Might be the new truck stop owner influence? The healthy selection of pre-made wraps are no longer available for a quick pickup lunch during a limited lunch hour. Instead a limited selection of more expensive choices are offered that you must wait for. No grab and go selections are available. The deli crowds are gone. People just shake their heads and go on. I hate to have to go back to Whole Foods. Give me back my old local Earth Fare!

    • earthfare says:

      Hi Jack – thanks for sharing your comments with us – it’s very important for us to hear from our customers! I’m passing along your feedback to our Food Service team who is currently reveiwing the new program. There should be some changes soon.

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