Foodie Vocab Lesson #4: Granita

Every Friday at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: granita (noun). Please choose the most appropriate definition for a granita. (No cheating!)

a.) A decorative edible shard made of baked granulated sugar.
b.) A light, fluffy mousse tart that originated in France.
c.) A sort of hodge podge side dish comprised of mixed grains such as quinoa, barley, and rice.
d.) A semi-frozen dessert of sugar, water, and typically fruit flavorings originally from Sicily, although available all over Italy.

applepiegranitafromjoythebaker

If you chose d.) A semi-frozen dessert of sugar, water, and typically fruit flavorings originally from Sicily, although available all over Italy, then you are correct! (Pictured above is an apple pie granita from Joy the Baker).

Cousins with sorbets and Italian ice, granitas vary in texture depending on the region they are from. Granitas from Sicily have a much coarser texture than granitas made in other regions of Italy.

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Citrus flavors make great granitas. Martha Stewart makes a grapefruit granita while Deb from Smitten Kitchen created a lemon and mint granita served in lemon cups.

More Granita Recipes:
Watermelon Granita
Espresso Granita with Whipped Cream
Margarita Sorbet/Granita

Tune in next Friday for your next food vocab quiz!

Previous Food Vocab Lessons:
Remoulade
Panzanella
Verrine

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  • http://simplyscrumptiousfoodie.com Jessie

    I got it right this time around! I have heard granita from somewhere, I cannot remember where but I knew it was from Italy

  • http://www.theperfectashtray.com/ Ashtray

    hmm very interesting… ive always heard this word before and assumed people were using a slang word for Grenadine or something

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