Sicilian culture and history is represented by the ritual of Sicilian Granita, a semi-frozen sicilian dessert.
Sicily is known as the home of granita. This tradition dates back to the Middle Ages when the nuvaroli collected the snow from the main Sicilian mountain ranges: Mount Etna and Peloritani. They then stored it in the neviere (holes covered with bricks or stones) and moved them to the beach during the warmer months.
The snow was then mingled with lemon juices or fruit syrups to create delicious and refreshing sorbets.
Over time, the rattata (method of grating snow) has changed. The snow was once used as a refrigerant and has now been replaced with water, honey, and sugar. This makes the mixture creamy and delicious.