Granita is a traditional Italian dessert made with fruit slush and sugar syrup. One of my colleague who brought this into my room just lifted my mood up with watermelon-mint granita. I took a break and enjoyed this with full attention. It tasted exactly like Chuski- ka- Gola. It was not a gola but scrapped ice in a cup. Watermelon -mint ( What-a-mint) granita was really yummy and is very easy to make. I named this one!
Watermelon is a valued source of antioxidants with special reference to lycopene, ascorbic acid and citruline.The content of lycopene determines the color of watermelon from white, pink, yellow to red. Proportion of lycopene, its bio-availability and absorption makes watermelon a functional food. Experimental and Clinical Science Journal in 2014 cited several benefits of lycopene.
Lycopene is protective against :
- cardiac ailments.
- macular degradation
- alzheimers disease
- Improves immunity
- Improves fat and glycemic metabolism
Granita is fluid. Just remember food can uplift mood and or depress health. Choose it wisely and love life!
Recipe: Just to make the recipe more re-juvenating, I skipped the added sugar!
Yield: 6 portions, serving size 1/2C, (count as 140ml fluid)
- 4 Cups Diced Red Watermelon ( choose a sweet one)
- Juice from 1 Lemon
- Few fresh leaves of mint
- 1 Cup water
Method: Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree it until smooth. Pour into a shallow pan and freeze the mixture. Take it out after another hour and rake the mixture and freeze it again. Rake mixture again after another hour and freeze it again. Rake it and serve in cups.
Nutrition per serving:
- Energy: 20Kcal
- Protein 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 17g
- Sodium: 27mg
- Calcium: 35mg
- Phosphorus: 33mg
- Potassium: 181mg
- Fiber: 0.6g