Khalid’s father founded the Haji Abdul Rahimi Ice Cream Shop in 1954. Today, the 81-year old patriarch works for Khalid as his cashier. With a broad smile, Khalid says they offer one flavor–”plain.” It’s really cardamom with rosewater–a flavor so exquisite, that when Khalid demonstrated the recipe to one of his host companies–Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream–they immediately wanted to add the flavor to their menu.
Flavor was a recurring theme for Khalid’s visit in the U.S. He was excited to learn how to mix fruit into yogurt (again, the only yogurt flavor in Afghanistan is “plain”) and to make fruit flavored ice cream like the kind he tasted in the U.S. Strawberry, blueberry and mango are just three of the flavors that he plans. He also hopes to offer those flavors as milkshakes, a new and favorite treat of all the Afghan Fast Runners while in the U.S. during the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART).
Most importantly, Khalid wants to extend his business beyond the spring and summer when ice cream is in demand. Since he already has a pipeline to 14 dairy farmers, he wants to extend into year-round products–cheese and yogurt production. To read more about Khalid’s time learning to make cheese at Mecox Bay Dairy, here is the Newsday article: bit.ly/aMSJkx
If Khalid wasn’t already the most famous ice-cream shop owner in Mazar, Afghanistan, he might be Afghanistan’s first comic with perfect timing. Here is Khalid at the Bpeace annual meeting describing the “machines” he uses in his business. http://ustre.am/_IBV2:vJg
Thank you to Khalid’s host companies:
Blue Marble Ice Cream
Cold Stone Creamery
Dan Francis Organic Farms
Dwight Martin Farms
Maple Hill Creamery
Mecox Bay Dairy
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
BART is partially funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.