Super Foods

granita

My grandmother has a pomegranate tree in her back yard and ever since I can remember, I’ve loved the tiny ruby gem-like seeds inside them. I used to sit at the table help my grandpa dislodge the seeds and then often sneak a small handful from the large bowl that sat in the fridge, before or after a swim in the pool on a summer day. At the time, I don’t think any of us knew just how good they are for you – packed with antioxidants, they are one of nature’s very own super foods.

I was lucky enough to receive some bottles of POM Wonderful courtesy of the lovely Darcie at Zing. I was so excited to come home and find the beautiful bottles sitting in the fridge. My mind ticked over at all the things I could do with them – pomegranate cocktails were particularly tempting, but I decided on this wonderful pomegranate granita. And great minds think alike – Christie from Fig & Cherry made a pomegranate, lychee and gin granita recently too.

It is just perfect for a hot summer day, with no need to light the oven or even turn on the stove. All you need is a freezer and a fork. I think it’s something that my grandpa would have enjoyed too. It is such an easy to make and wonderfully refreshing treat. You can serve it with a wedge or spiral of fresh lime, or perhaps with some fresh pomegranate seeds. I love the dark ruby colour, and because I know you’re wondering…yes, it certainly does make your tongue turn purple!

Pomegranate and Lime Granita
Serves 6-8

• 2 bottles POM Wonderful 100% Juice (about 473mL each)
• 1 cup water
• Juice of ½ lime
• 2 tablespoons sugar

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Place in a large metal tray or cake tin and freeze for 30 minutes.
2. Use a fork to separate the ice crystals. Repeat every 30-40 minutes until you have a granita consistency, about 3 hours.

17 Comments on “Super Foods”

  1. Dawn

    I remember eating them as a child too, having no idea how super-good they were for you.
    The color of this granita is stunning! Wonderful photo!

  2. Lisa

    Christie, we are definitely culinary geniuses, there’s no doubt about it. I think your granita wins though, because its alcoholic haha

    Dawn, I remember some of my friends didn’t even know what a pomegranate was until recently! thank you! 🙂

  3. Olga

    How funny: I received some bottles of POM Wonderful from POMBlogger a few weeks ago. I was totally thinking about making something similar to granita!

    Not sure what extra flavors I’d be adding yet though.

  4. Uncle Hannah

    Nice.

    I’m thinking of doing this. Or maybe I’ll just mix the POM with mandarin-orange sparkling water and serve it over shaved ice or these cute little mini-ice cubes (from a mini ice cube tray that I got…Martha Stewart brand). I’m having a brunch tomorrow…

  5. toontz

    Ohhh, so pretty. It looks so refreshing, too. But you know, I think I will have to bookmark this one. It is going down to 30 below tomorrow here in Wisconsin. Makes me shiver just to think about it. 🙂

  6. Y

    I adore the colour of that granita! Have seen pomegranates at the shops recently and have been sorely tempted, but unfortunately they come all the way from the US!

  7. Lisa

    Olga, POM is just so perfect for granita. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Joy The Baker, it might just be the prettiest thing I've ever made! thanks 🙂

    Arwen, I love Nanna's garden, she's inspired me to start my own little fruit and veggie patch too, soon.

    Uncle Hannah, I like the mandarin idea, I think that would work really well.

    Tim, thanks! I hope you'll let me know how it worked out for you 🙂

    Lorraine, it is pretty funny isn't it 🙂 and definitely perfect for summer. I have been absolutely loving it.

    Toontz, that is cold!! though if you wanted to make granita you could just put the bowl outside, instead of the freezer 🙂

    Y, thanks! yeah, that is unfortunate. Not sure when they are in season here, I always thought summer, so maybe you will find something soon!

    Pea & Pear, it is delicious, and so easy! You should give it a go.

    Maria, haha, it made me feel like a little kid again, its awesome 🙂

  8. Hami

    i’ve never made granita before, but this looks amazing. can you make this 24 hours ahead?

    will it still have the same consistency if after it’s done, it sits in the freezer all day while i’m at work? any ideas?

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