Pomegranate Granita

This elegant frozen dessert — with a flavor reminiscent of mulled wine — includes spices that help support your immune system during cold-and-flu season.


Makes eight to 10 servings

Hands-on preparation time: 10 minutes

Total preparation time (including freezing time): eight hours or overnight

  • 3 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Zest of one organic orange (to create, cut long, thin strips of orange peel with a vegetable peeler, avoiding the pith)
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds, for serving

Pour 1 cup of pomegranate juice into a small saucepan over low heat and add the honey, cinnamon stick, cloves, and orange zest; bring to a simmer. Stir to make sure the honey is dissolved and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Steep at room temperature for one hour.

Strain the infusion into a 1-quart baking dish and add the remaining pomegranate juice and the grated ginger. Stir.

Place the dish into the freezer, stirring every couple of hours to ensure even freezing. When the mixture is uniformly crystallized, cover and store in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

Garnish each serving dish with fresh pomegranate seeds.

Why No Numbers?

Readers sometimes ask us why we don’t publish nutrition information with our recipes. We believe that (barring specific medical advice to the contrary) if you’re eating primarily whole, healthy foods — an array of sustainably raised vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, meats, fish, eggs, whole-kernel grains, and healthy fats and oils — you probably don’t need to stress about the numbers. We prefer to focus on food quality and trust our bodies to tell us what we need.  — The Editors

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