Watermelon & Blueberry Sunshine Granita - Carolina Country

Watermelon & Blueberry Sunshine Granita

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  • Servings: About 8 servings
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Watermelon & Blueberry Sunshine Granita

North Carolina’s muggy, hot summers call for icy cold relief, and this granita, made with local watermelon and blueberries, is just fit’n for that. Make it in a flash and keep on hand for a backyard or beach cottage treat. Just add a shade tree and you’ll be all set.


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 pint fresh NC blueberries
  • ½ a seedless watermelon (6–8 cups)
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Optional: Half and half or whipping cream


  1. Combine sugar and blueberries in a small bowl to sit while preparing granita.

  2. Put watermelon pulp and juice into food processor. Whirl until puréed. Pour into a 13" x 9" dish* and stir in orange zest. Scatter with the sweetened blueberries.

  3. Freeze for several hours. Once frozen, scrape up the ice with a fork or spoon. Find that shade tree and enjoy your icy cold watermelon treat.

  4. Variation: If you like creamy frozen desserts, once you pour the granita into the pan, drizzle with half and half or whipping cream and gently swirl with a knife before freezing!

*If a large dish doesn’t fit in your freezer, divide into two 8" x 8" dishes.
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Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at WendysHomeEconomics.com.

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