gra·​ni·​ta | \ grə-ˈnē-tə How to pronounce granita (audio) \

Definition of granita

: a coarse-textured ice confection typically made from fruit

Examples of granita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents of the Sicilian provinces of Catania and Messina are arguably the most famous granita makers. Anna Francese Gass, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 When ready to serve, scrape granita with fork to create a flaky texture. People Staff,, 30 July 2022 With hot coffee on hold until further notice, Sunday Press' granita frost is a welcome alternative for your morning boost. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 8 July 2022 Of course, this recipe is just a jumping-off point into the granita galaxy. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 2 June 2022 El Bulli’s chicken curry featured a quenelle of curry ice cream and a cold curry-flavor granita in a pool of coconut milk, with the protein only present in a last-minute savory drizzle of chicken demi-glace. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 Spoon the granita into the reserved passion fruit shells and freeze until ready to serve. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2022 Her favorite way to use floral extracts is in sweet, bright, fruity treats—she’ll add a few drops to a frozen watermelon granita in the summertime. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 18 Jan. 2022 Her desserts, from an early summer ring of peach and panna cotta over a nest of spun phyllo dough to a more recent medley of melon sorbets and granita, are consistent highlights. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of granita

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for granita

Italian, from feminine of granito, past participle of granire

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6 Aug 2022

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“Granita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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