Watermelon Becomes An Icy Delight

Watermelon GranitaWant a frosty treat that supplies you with the cancer-fighting phytochemical lycopene? AICR's recipe for Watermelon Granita is easy and delicious.

Note: This recipe calls for freezing the whole amount in 1 container for 6-8 hours. But you can spend less time freezing if you buy some popsicle sticks and small paper cups; then divide the mixture into the cups, freeze for 1-2 hours and insert the popsicle sticks in the middle. Freeze until popsicles are frozen through.

Watermelon Granita

  • 2 limes
  • 2 tsp. sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. cubed seedless watermelon
  • Mint leaves for garnish, if desired

Using fine grater, scrape outer green part of limes' skin (the "zest"). In small bowl, combine zest, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 cup of juice from limes. In small saucepan, combine remaining sugar with 1/3 cup water. Bring mixture to boil. When sugar is dissolved, add zest mixture. Remove from heat, stir and cool to room temperature.

In blender or food processor, puree melon to make 3 cups liquid. Place in 9"x 9" metal pan. Blend in syrup. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer. Freeze until slightly hard, 6-8 hours; stir. Before serving, scrape well with fork and scoop into serving bowls.

Garnish with mint if desired and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 123 calories, 0 g. total fat (0 g. saturated fat), 32 g. carbohydrate,
1 g. protein, 0 g. dietary fiber, 2 mg. sodium.

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