Champagne and White Mulberry Granita

Posted on by on June 8th, 2011 | 26 Comments »

“Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush. Here we go round the mulberry bush, so early in the morning.”

The same woman in full arab garb, in the Old City of Jerusalem who sold me and Katherine fresh chickpeas, smiled widely as she answered our question. “Tutim chadash” (new strawberry) she said holding up a basket of a whitish green berry that looked like a bug. She offered one to try. They had a mild taste, sweet, juicy and fresh. However, they in no way resembled anything like a strawberry. We later found out this is because these little mystery berries were in fact tut-lavan or white strawberry tree as the Israeli’s call them and white mulberries as the rest of the world would call them. Without asking, the woman put a kilo into a bag handed it to us and said “sheva ve’chetzi” (7 1/2). We paid and went on our way excited about our wonderful finds.

Now the question stood, what do we do with white mulberries? We could just eat them plain but a pound of mulberries each is a lot to eat in a short period of time being that these little guys don’t last very long. Every recipe idea I found online was either a jam or a pie. Katherine added them to her sour cherry pie already and so knowing I would probably be eating some of that, I wanted to go a different direction.

I have had champagne on my mind. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s mine and my husbands upcoming 1 year wedding anniversary, the array of June birthdays coming, the beautiful warm mornings that beckon for a mimosa or perhaps the celebration of my husband finishing his first year of medical school. Whatever the case, I have been yearning for that bubbly goodness. Then it hit me. Champagne and white mulberry granita. I have been seeing granita all over the blogosphere lately and was meaning to make some with a watermelon I have had sitting around, but champagne and white mulberry sounded soooo much better then watermelon.

This granita was so simple to make and the outcome was just as perfect as I had hoped. Perfect for your adult summer get togethers or for a special celebration or in my case a wonderful late afternoon treat!

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 cups white mulberries
1 bottle champagne

Directions

In a pot over medium heat combine water and sugar and simmer until sugar is disolved.
Set aside and allow to cool.
In a blender combine mulberries and sugar water.
Puree until mulberries are broken down.
In a large mixing bowl combine, mulberry mixture and champagne. Stir to combine.
Pour mixture into a loaf pan and put in freezer.
After 35 minutes take mixture from freezer and mix, making sure to scrape the ice forming on the edges into the mixture.
Keep repeating this every half hour for 2 hours.
After 2 hours, let mixture freeze for another 2 hours.
Fluff mixture with a fork and serve.


 

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26 Comments

  1. Posted on: 6-8-2011

    This reminds me I need to check to the mulberry tree out back. 😉

    Fabulous use of this find. Creative and refreshing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-8-2011

      Briarrose, that is so awesome that you have a mulberry tree!! This was my first time eating them!

  2. Posted on: 6-8-2011

    Just lovely. The photos are gorgeous – you actually managed to make the white mulberries look pretty!! 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-8-2011

      Thanks Katherine! I still think they look like bugs!!

  3. Posted on: 6-8-2011

    They look so weird! But they sound delicious and I love the idea of them with champagne in a granita.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-9-2011

      Carolyn, they look super weird! Like bugs! But they are sweet and yummy.

  4. Posted on: 6-8-2011

    Cool! Our mulberries in NC are dark blue/black… these white mulberries are cool looking! And I love the granita idea! It’s so freaking hot here, I just made two granitas myself (salted watermelon AND chamomile strawberry)… they’re so refreshing in the heat!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-9-2011

      Tiffany, those granitas you made sound wonderful. I still am thinking of using the watermelon I have to make some more. Perhaps I will try your idea of salted watermelon, that sounds yummy.

  5. Posted on: 6-9-2011

    I had never seen a mulberry before! I love granita… I grew up eating tons during my summer holidays in Sicily and I love it! This is a very clever combination of ingredients! Love it as always! You’ve been buzzed!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-9-2011

      Thanks Manu!! this was my first time seeing a mulberry! Granita is the best, especially in the summer!

  6. Posted on: 6-9-2011

    Ohhh! I learned that song from my preschooler who was singing before. Never seen mulberry (I think) and it’s interesting! I wish to try tasting it one day.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-9-2011

      Nami, I used to sing this song in preschool too 🙂 I’m sure you will be able to find mulberries in CA. Maybe the redish/black ones. I think the white ones are native to China.

  7. Posted on: 6-9-2011

    Oh wow. I have never seen anything like those mulberries before! You definitely found an excellent way to prepare them though! That granita looks so refreshing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-9-2011

      Thanks Joanne! It is definitely refreshing which is perfect for the 100F + days here in Israel!

  8. Posted on: 6-9-2011

    Can you believe I’ve never tried mulberries?! These look wonderful. You pictures are BEAUTIFUL!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-9-2011

      Thanks so much Spiceblogger, this was my first time trying mulberries!!

  9. Posted on: 6-10-2011

    Very cool! I’ve never had granita before but I imagine this is a fantastic dish with the champagne and mulberries 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2011

      Thanks Parsley Sage!! Granita is amazing and so so easy to make. You should totally try it one day!

  10. Posted on: 6-11-2011

    I have mulberries (black ones) in my garden, but I never thought of granita. I usually make jam, but I wanna try!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2011

      Giulietta, I love black mulberries! You should definitely make granita with them!

  11. Posted on: 6-11-2011

    My grandparents had couple of mulberries tree in their back yard, one of them had white ones. they are much uglier than the dark purple ones but a little sweeter.
    your granita sounds so good, love the pairing with champagne,
    thanks for sharing Beth,

    Happy weekend

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2011

      Thanks Roxana! The white ones are so ugly! But, they are yummy! That must have been nice to have a tree that you can just pick them from.

  12. Posted on: 6-12-2011

    Familar with the song but have never seen or had the fruit. Champagne adds a touch of elegance to the granita.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2011

      Sandra, this was my frist time with the fruit! Its really a very lovely taste and yes, champagne does add a touch of elegance!

  13. Posted on: 6-17-2011

    My dad planted a mulberry tree in his garden but he sold the house before we saw any fruit. I still love that house and would definitely buy it if it was for sale even though the bathroom ceiling leaked when it rained. Sorry I’m rambling. I might have to do a drive by and see how the tree is doing. I’m melting in this heat and that granita sounds perfect!! 😀

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2011

      Natalie, if you drive by to see how the tree is doing make sure you ask them if you can pick some to take home with you! After all your dad did plant it!!!!

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