Editor’s Note: Writer Kristen Hampshire originally interviewed Mohammad Salehi prior to the fall of Kabul, which occurred Aug. 15, 2021. After the Taliban regained control of the country, Hampshire reached out to Salehi to find out how current events might affect his family, Heray Spice and the farmers he works with. The story has been updated with that info. We will continue to update this story as events unfold.
Deep-orange strands from delicate violet saffron flowers are good as gold to Mohammad Salehi.
To him, it’s a sacred spice that promises opportunity for farmers in his home province of Herat,