Melon "Granita"

Melon "Granita"

Another Italian contribution to summer desserts, «granita» (pr. grah-nee-tah) is a grainy frozen mixture of sugar, water, and a flavoured liquid. Less rich and easier to prepare than its close cousin, the sorbet, «granita» is always a great hit with kids.

8 servings
Preparation 10 min
Standing 45 min

70 calories per serving 


1 melon, or cantaloupe   800 g
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed   3/4 lemon
8 tbsp sugar, or to taste   100 g
1 cup water   250 mL

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful for this recipe.

For best flavour and consistency, serve the granita the same day you make it.


  1. Peel the melon and remove the seeds. Coarsely dice the flesh, then transfer it to the jar of a blender. Pour in the lemon juice, sugar, and water, then pulse until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large glass or metal pan, large enough so that the liquid will be less than 1 cm thick. Freeze until the mixture becomes a firm slush, about 40 min.
  3. Scrape the surface with a fork and spoon out the shavings into transparent glasses to serve. If the crystals are not ready yet, scrape the frozen edges and push them towards the centre, then put the pan back into the freezer, repeating the operation after 15 min, until the liquid is totally frozen.


Unused granita may be kept 2 days in the refrigerator. Put it back in the freezer 30-40 min before serving and repeat the scraping operation.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (100g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




0.1 g

0 %

Saturated 0 g
+ Trans 0 g

0 %


0 mg


10 mg

0 %


17 g

6 %


0 g

1 %


17 g


0.4 g

Vitamin A

15 %

Vitamin C

35 %


0 %


0 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¾ serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Free :
Cholesterol, Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat
Low :
Source of :
Good source of :
Vitamin A, Vitamin C
Diet-related health claims :
Artery-healthy, Heart-healthy

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This recipe is in the following categories: Fruits | Desserts | Artery-healthy | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | Heart-healthy | Kosher | Low Cholesterol | Low Fat | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Vegan | Vegetarian | Freeze/Chill | No Cook | Italian

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