Blueberry Plum Granita

Sometimes you just know that something is going to be amazing.

Like the season finale of the Bachelorette. Yes, I said it. It’s my guilty pleasure. And last nights episode was pretty darn good.

But if you’re looking for something with a little more substance, go ahead and make this granita. It’s extremely refreshing and absolutely popping with flavour. The seasons sweetest plums and blueberries marry perfectly and the hint of basil adds something a little unexpected.

Just like Jef and Emily. And little Ricky.

(This post is part of the Food Matters Project. This weeks host recipe for Raspberry Cabernet Sorbet was chosen by Jennifer of Simple & Amazing. Multiple variations from other talented bloggers can be found on the Food Matters website.

Blueberry Plum Granita


1 pound ripe plums (about 5 or 6 plums), pitted and coarsely chopped

1/2 pound blueberries

10 -12 fresh basil leaves

2 cups water

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract


Place plums, blueberries, basil, water, sugar and salt into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Press the blueberries with the back of a spatula if they do not burst on their own. Remove from heat and pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a 9″x 13″ baking dish. Discard solids. Add vanilla to the mixture then place in the freezer until edges start to freeze, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape from the edges toward the center. Repeat this every 30 minutes for another 2 – 4 hours, depending on desired consistency.

To serve, spoon into glasses and garnish with basil, fresh berries, or plum slices. For a more decadent dessert, scoop a couple tablespoons of mascarpone or vanilla ice cream on top.


  1. Your combination of fruit sounds great, I love basil with berries.

  2. This looks so refreshing and I love the sound of basil with the sweet & tangy fruit!

  3. There is an organic snow cone shop here in KC that serves this flavor and I always get it. Love it.

  4. Oh, I wish I’d heard about this a couple weeks ago, when I was still drowning in backyard plums. Sounds delicious!

  5. Mmmm. . . love the idea of adding herbs to fruit! Love your pic too.

  6. The basil and vanilla sound like great additions!

  7. prairiesummers says:

    I love the addition of basil to blueberries. I went with lavender….I had to use up some leftover lavender sugar haha

  8. Mmm, I’ve gotta try this with the basil. Sounds great! (Looks great too)

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