old days when my family and I lived in a village. It is a traditional food to eat but it has some special memories to me when I was a child,” he said.

In Salahudin Province in northeastern Iraq, on the road leading to Tikrit, the provincial capital

near Kirkuk, there were several families harvesting mallows. Some were planning to sell the harvest.

Some of the elderly, suffering from chronic disease, such as diabete

s and blood pressure, seek mallows as the best food for their medical cases.

Dawood Ghanem, 55, a farmer, said mallows this year flourished in Iraq, thanks to the heavy rains and marvelous weather.

“People living in the cities, especially the poor ones, come to the villages and harvest mallows for food,” he said.

Eissa Kamel Abu Abbas, a grocer in Baquba market, said many families collect mallows to sell.

“We resell them at 750 dinars (63 cents) per kilogram.”

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