Brilliant with color and pure, intense flavor! You may use frozen, thawed strawberries, but you might need to add more sugar. Cooking time is freezing time. Would you like a little history?
History of Granita
According to Alan Davidson in the Oxford Companion to Food, (Oxford University Press:Oxford) the appearance of "water ices" is documented to have taken place in Europe in the 17th century around the same time as ice cream. There is some undocumented conjecture that Marco Polo returned to Venice from China in the 13th century and introduced ice cream or water ices to Italy. Further it is not known for sure if water ices were first found in Spain or in Italy. In any event the mixture seemed to have migrated to London at some later, undocumented time.
Granita is akin to but not quite the same as sorbet. The difference being sorbets tend to be smoother and less granular in texture. Both are made with water, a flavoring such as fruit juice or coffee and typically sweetened with sugar.
Adapted from Delicious Living magazine.