Coronation Grape Granita

Many folks seem to think making a granita is like gobs of work. Believe me, it is not. As I was saying to Aaron a week ago about the ginger tart I made for my folks anniversary dinner, you’ve just gotta love dishes that make an impact and are dirt simple to make. Granita is one such dish.


1) Granita is ice cups

Coronation grapes only appear for a scant couple weeks each year (in Ontario, that’s about now). The harvest is pitifully low – 2,200 tons. The grape was actually invented by the Summerland Research Station in B.C. and launched in Niagara in 2000. They are a robust, deep purple and have a sweet greenish-coloured fruit surrounded by a very tart skin.

To make Coronation Grape Granita, just follow these directions.

2) pick grapes off and toss into a large stock pot; 3) the remains

4 & 5) using a potato masher, mash the grapes to start releasing the juice

6) bring the mash to a boil and continue to mash the grapes, then; 7) strain through a fine-mesh sieve

8) the result is wonderful purple nectar

From here, all you need to do is put the juice into a thin dish and place this dish into your freezer. Go away and have yourself a glass of wine then return about every 30 minutes or so, and, using a wooden spoon, mash the juicy bits so they never really have a chance to solidify. That’s it, granita is made. You can do the same with any juice – orange, grapefruit, or with rose water or tea (sweetened a bit). Enjoy!

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3 Responses to Coronation Grape Granita

  1. hmm… the have a wine step isn’t mandatory in making granita is it? hahainteresting… is it good?

  2. Fatcat723 says:

    Okay, I will get a bottle of wine and, of course, oranges and see what I can do!!

  3. kunhuo42 says:

    hahaha i like the step where you go and have a glass of wine.

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