WATERMELON LAVENDER GRANITA

I would consider granita to be one of my perfect summer desserts. It's like having a very grown up crushed up popcicle. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board this is, "a refreshing treat, [and] this recipe offers a unique blend of nutrient-rich watermelon and aromatic lavender in a light palette-pleasing sorbet. A touch of vodka will ensure the right consistency for a perfect summer-time cocktail." All of which sounds good to me! Enjoy folks!

This is the 5th installment of the watermelon recipes. Brought to you by the: National Watermelon Promotion Board.

Recipe and photo: Permission granted prior to posting.

Serves 4-8

Ingredients:
  • 4-1/2 cups pureed watermelon pulp, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or part sweetner)
  • 1 tsp culinary edible lavender
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps each: lemon juice and vodka

In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the watermelon pulp, sugar, lavender and salt. Bring to a slow boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes.

Place strainer over a large bowl and pour syrup mixture through, straining out lavender flowers. Add remaining 4 cups (1 L) watermelon, lemon juice and vodka. Stir until blended.

Pour into container, cover, place in freezer. When semi-solid, put into food processor and pulse to remove chunks. Scoop desired amount into a small bowl or parfait dish, garnish with a small wedge of watermelon and a lavender flower.

TIP: Use watermelon or citrus flavoured vodka to enhance the flavour.

NOTE: The vodka helps to prevent sorbet from setting too firm.

PER SERVING (1/2 cup/125 mL): 73 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 26 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 0 g protein. % RDI: 0% calcium, 1% iron, 2% vitamin A, 13% vitamin C.

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