Watermelon and rose granita – [summer]

Happy New Year

After the weird cold days, summer is shining back again in Melbourne. The heat is on, and I find it enjoyable.

 Summer means stoned fruits, cherries, lighter meals, pretty blossoms and sunshine until late. I am so much in love with the light, and my gardens. We have so much basils, tomatoes and strawberries. And the most awesome crop is the 2 kilos of peaches from the miniature tree in a pot. Nothing beats fresh peaches/stoned fruits. They are slightly sour, and incredibly crunchy.

Peaches, fresh from my garden
My home-grown peaches. So proud :

 Summers also means icey, cold desserts. While I love ice-cream, I am not a big fan of making custard and cream based desserts often. Granita provides the perfect solution. Light, fresh and cold. We can use up a lot of good summer fruits. Since it is hot again this week, I am thinking of a chocolate granita. But for now, let’s settle with my favourite combo this summer – Watermelon and rose! 

Watermelon & rose granita
{Top photo by Mai Nguyen}

Watermelon and rose granita 


1 cup water
1 cup sugar
juice of one lemon
1 kg ripe watermelon (weight after remove rind)
Petals of one chemical-spray- free rose (do not use ones from nursery. Mine is home-grown)
½ teaspoon rose water


First, make the simple syrup by boiling the water with sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the lemon juice, and cool.

Coarsely chop up the watermelon and put it in a food processor. Add the rose petal. Process until fine. Pass the juice through a sieve.

 Mix together the simple syrup with the watermelon mixture, together with the rose water.

Pour the mixture into a metal tray and freeze for 3 hours or until partially set. Using a fork, break frozen mixture up until it is quite slushy. Return mixture to freezer and repeat flaking process after 2 hours (at this stage tiny ice flakes should have formed). Return to freezer for a further 2 hours then repeat flaking process. Just before serving, repeat flaking process for the final time.

Happy Summer!

Summer light

55 Responses to Watermelon and rose granita – [summer]

  1. Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    Oh Anh! You've combined two of my other favourite flavours…watermelon and rose! I can imagine how refreshing this is. So jealous of your garden's produce too!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What a lovely granita! It feels strange to read a post about summer when, here, it is below 0° C.

  3. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Looks so refreshing and I'm a bit jealous that you're having summer as it's quite cold and nippy here right now! Despite the weather, I would definitely enjoy this lovely looking granita! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Soma says:

    You are capturing the best of summer. Another one bookmarked. Love that table Anh! and your very delicate photographs.

  5. bunnyeatsdesign says:

    That's so pretty and I bet very refreshing.

  6. Jo says:

    The picture of your home-grown peaches in your FB looks so, so tempting. And this granita is even more so as we are getting scorching weather here in Singapore. I would absolutely love a serving of this.

  7. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    Floral and fruity… love it! So gorgeous and refreshing.

  8. Zee says:

    I have never tasted rose petals.. This looks great!

  9. A Spoonful of Yumm says:

    new to me combination….looks perfect for summer. very refreshing ! gorgeous clicks anh :)

  10. Hannah says:

    Squeeee! I fell in love with homemade raspberry granita last summer, and am always looking for new ways to use rosewater. Cannot *wait* to try this!!

  11. Meeta K. Wolff says:

    Absolutely love the flavor combination here unusual and very unique! Need to try this!

  12. Sips and Spoonfuls says:

    Those home grown peaches are definitely something to be proud of! Glad you're enjoying your summer :)

  13. Johanna GGG says:

    peaches growing in a pot – I am so jealous!

  14. Viv says:

    i really like the individual flavours of watermelon and rose, but have not tried them together…can only imagine it must taste very…pretty and delicate! :) love summer…am loving every mins of it right now!

  15. Cocoa and Lavender says:

    What a beautiful post – and such a refreshing dream for summer when it comes back to the northern hemisphere! Thanks!

  16. Jen at The Three Little Piglets says:

    Sadly that took me a second to register Melbourne Australia and not Melbourne, Fl in the states. I was thinking I'm not that far north and it is definitely NOT summer! At least I had a good laugh. This sounds so light and refreshing for a summer day.

  17. Kitchen Flavours says:

    Perfect summer treat….a nice way to welcome summer's…love it…

  18. Ananda Rajashekar says:

    I'm just trying my hands on dark backgrounds, pic are stunning! and refreshing combination of rose and watermelon enjoy ur summer!

  19. Pia says:

    stunning photography! at first i was taken aback by a stone fruit post, what with the chilling temperatures in my part of the world. and then i noticed 'melbourne'. just a season away! :)

  20. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    This looks amazing. What a wonderfully fresh dessert for that hot summer's night (which we have been lacking of lately). Gorgeous photos!

  21. Little Corner of Mine says:

    What a refreshing treat for hot summer day!

  22. kankana says:

    the whole of last summer i was planning to make granita and it never worked now. Looking at this.. i am now waiting for next summer :)

  23. Doraemon says:

    What great photos you have here. Do you mind If I ask what camera and lens do you use?

  24. Anh says:

    ^ Doraemon: I used Canon 5d mark 2, and a number of lenses (100mm, 24-70mm)

  25. Annapet says:

    I love that while you're enjoying your summer, our winter here in Northern California is just about TRYING to start.

  26. Mom's the little one says:

    enjoy your summer :) We have a nasty weather in US right now, I cant wait for summer comes :) *oh,my gosh..I getting crazy now,your stool is awesome.. I need to hunting for those stuff soon.. LOL

  27. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    What an inspired combination! So lovely.

  28. Quay Po Cooks says:

    The weather here is CRAZY HOT! I need this. Love love love all your photos.

  29. Em (Wine and Butter) says:

    I love granite – Ive only ever had it in Italy – where I was obsessed with lime granite? – but now I have a desperate craving again. In January in the UK. :)

  30. pickyin @ LifeIsGreat says:

    I envy your green fingers Anh, to have organic rose petals from your own garden, how great is that!!!

  31. chinmayie @ love food eat says:

    How pretty! Just simply loved the first photo :)

  32. Gloria says:

    aaah This is a colour dream, look amazing and beauty, love your pics! gloria

  33. naomi says:

    Oh, you have me craving summer and stone fruits. Winter has just begun for us, so it's a long time coming still for us. Lucky Southern California is mild.

  34. mycookinghut says:

    Lovely looking granita! I am looking forward to summer!

  35. Marysol says:

    Wish I were enjoying similar weather. Lucky.

  36. Miss Iona Lion says:

    this looks fab, so light, perfect for a mid week pudding.

  37. Jennifer (Delicieux) says:

    Utterly gorgeous Anh!!! I love grantia but you know what? I've never made it. It reminds me of a restaurant I used to go to frequently here in Brisbane and in between courses they would serve the most amazing granitas as palate cleansers. You've inspired me!

  38. Kulsum@JourneyKitchen says:

    Absolutely gorgeous post and combination! I can't wait for summer to try this. Also so many things in this post makes me envious – your beautiful blue background, garden produce and that totally beautiful stool.

  39. Angie's Recipes says:

    O Boy.. ain't those photos stunning! Save the recipe for the coming summer.

  40. Now Serving says:

    What a beautiful post! I am happy I hopped over from my friend's blog :) Enjoy the season dear – we here are freezing our bottoms :)

  41. SavoringTime in the Kitchen says:

    How beautiful! I sure wish it was summer here (as I look out at snow falling).

  42. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    I love granita's in summer! Your recipe with watermelon + rose seems divine :)

  43. Marcellina says:

    What a beautiful post! I have never made granita. But what a great idea and the flavour combination is perfect!

  44. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Oh I'm so envious! While I'm crawling up in blanket after wearing 3 layers of clothes, I bet you are enjoying the warm sun… =) However I look forward to the warm days that we can enjoy this lovely granita. Photos are stunning as always and I love your gorgeous photos.

  45. Yuri says:

    Anh, Happy New Year!

  46. tinytearoom says:

    gorgeous! it sings summer. I love the refreshing nature of the watermelon with the cooling shaved ice and floral notes. just perfect

  47. My Little Expat Kitchen says:

    You always take the most beautiful photographs Ahn! I'm bookmarking this granita for this summer. Love the flavors!

  48. mjskit says:

    It's a little too cold for granita here right, but I'm bookmarking this for warmer weather. I can't tell you how much I love watermelon, so taking my favorite food and adding rosewater AND a rose – just sounds too good to be true.

  49. Chopinandmysaucepan.com says:

    Dear Anh,

  50. Erica says:

    I am freezing in here in CT, but that looks delicious and refreshing!

  51. Deeps @ Naughty Curry says:

    oh these look so goood!love that colour & i would never have dreamt of such a fab combination :)

  52. Sharon | Chinese Soup Pot says:

    Wow, it really is summer already in Melbourne. The bright sun shine in your photo above really shows off how beautiful the weather is already there. Since I'm in the US, we are still in the midst of winter. We've been having near zero-degrees temperature overnight but it will begin to get warmer during the day this week. I can't wait until spring and summer is here again! And I

  53. Poires au Chocolat says:

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous – those peaches! Makes me really wish it was summery here instead of snowy. I love both watermelon and rose – hadn't thought of combining the two – I'll have to try.

  54. Nippon Nin says:

    I just say thank you for stopping by my site. I think this post is beautiful! I studying your photograph technique.

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