The making of flavor #100, O, Christmas Tree.
Step 1: It all started with a dream: a Holiday Tree*, but in ice cream form. Can we do it? After some research about the health benefits of pine and fir needles, we decided, yes, yes we can. Nay, we should!
So a trip to our local tree purveyor in Soho on one cold stormy night led us to our needles. Upon arrival, we asked, “Can we taste your pine needles? Bet we’re the first ones to ask you that, huh?” Yes and yes. They were more than happy to comply, even offering tasting notes on the different needles - some had a deep pine taste, some with floral hints, even a hint of grapefruit in one. Ultimately we settled on Noble Fir. (Yeah, so technically it’s a fir ice cream, but we’re still calling it pine.)
Much to our contentment, they offered us their extra fronds, the branches that had been trimmed from trees to make then symmetrical. They would have otherwise thrown them away.
So in the rain, covered in fir fronds, we trekked back to our kitchen to prep the ‘scream.