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You bought thai basil. It's used a lot in south east Asia, and an anise-like taste is one of its qualities. I don't use it often, but I always have some in stock in the freezer, for some thai or Vietnamese curries or soups.


I think you might get better, less-grassy results by steeping the mint in the cream (heat the cream first) but not actually including the leaves in the ice cream. You want to get the aromatic oil to provide the mintiness, but leave out the actual greens which are making it grassy and herbal. Another option, as suggested in comments, would be to make a syrup ...


While it is true that there are a variety of mints, I think your biggest challenge is that it is "late in the season." I find that here (Philly, USA), in August, all of my herbs tend to develop a bitterness that is not there in spring and early summer. While it may be the variety, I don't think it is the age of the plant, as my mint comes back each year as ...

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