Brief description of Granita Siciliana

Granita (in Italian also granita siciliana) is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily, it is available all over Italy in somewhat different forms. It is related to sorbetand Italian ice; however, in most of Sicily, it has a coarser, more crystalline texture.


This frozen chocolate granita is the perfect dessert to cool you down and settle that chocolate fix. Common and traditional flavoring ingredients include lemon juice, mandarin oranges, jasmine, coffee, almonds,mint, and when in season wild strawberries and black mulberries. Chocolate granitas have a tradition in the city of Catania and, according to Steingarten, nowhere else in Sicily. The nuances of the Sicilian ingredients are important to the flavor of the finished granita: Sicilian lemons are a less acidic, more floral variety similar to Meyer lemons, while the almonds used contain some number of bitter almonds, crucial to the signature almond flavor.
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