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
• 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.