Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A granular dessert ice with a sugar-syrup base, usually flavored with fruit purée, coffee, or wine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dessert consisting of fruit purée etc. on crushed ice.

Etymologies

Italian, from feminine past participle of granire, to make grainy, granulate; see granite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian granire ("to granulate"). Compare granite. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is called granita, as in Strawberry Granita page 290.

    THE TANTE MARIE’S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK

  • What has quickly overtaken the granita is a Turkish breakfast.

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  • i do a blood orange and rose water granita which is lovely.

    Blood Orange Granita

  • Karna Maffait for The Wall Street Journal Antico Caffe Spinnato | Antico Caffe Spinnato is not known for its food, but has a reputation built on gelato and granita.107/115 Via Principe di Belmonte, Palermo spinnato.it

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  • Rough-textured near Palermo, fine around the east coast city of Catania, granita is ice that is shaved and crushed, and flavored with anything from mulberries to coffee.

    In Search Of The Perfect Gelato

  • Antico Caffè Spinnato is not known for its food, but has a reputation built on gelato and granita.

    In Search Of The Perfect Gelato

  • The lemon granita is slushy with large crystals—chunks you'll need to break up with a spoon—and a sweetness that, as it approaches too much, becomes pleasantly tart.

    In Search Of The Perfect Gelato

  • Mr. Palazzolo's idea is to blend modern and traditional methods to create granita that tastes like the products his grandfather made when he opened Pasticceria Palazzolo in 1920.

    In Search Of The Perfect Gelato

  • The morning showstopper is a ricotta granita topped with coffee cream and bits of cannoli shell.

    In Search Of The Perfect Gelato

  • Sicilians divide ice cream, or ices, into two main categories: the slushy, water-based granita, flavored with island classics like almond or lemon; and gelato, which has a silky, creamy texture thanks to the inclusion of eggs, milk or a starchy emulsifying base, and is preferably made with Sicily's native carob bean.

    In Search Of The Perfect Gelato

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  • not to be taken for granite (granted)

    July 31, 2012