Baquba, told the Xinhua News Agency that “mallows spread tremendously this winter. It reminds me of Iraq from a long time ago.”
“Some valleys, close to my hometown of Mandli, 90 kilometers east of Baqub
a, are now being called mallow valleys due to the spread of the weed,” he said.
Arkan al-Nadawi, a local villager, said that “mallows spread this y
ear in wheat and barley fields, and in most of the fields of northern and eastern regions.”
“Mallows taste great and most of the people in villages and countryside love it, and it is the dish of the poor,” he added.
Monshed al-Zaidy, a government employee, who was standing close to a road in the village of Gazania, 96 kilo
meters east of Baquba, was helping his wife to harvest mallow plants and keep it in a plastic bag.