With rain spreading across Iraq, mallow growing in the northern and eastern parts of the country gives impoverished people food to eat or sell for extra money.
Mallow, or Malva pusilla, is a cosmopolitan weed found principally in temperate regions of the w
orld. It is a fast-growing annual or perennial herb with the capacity to grow in dense patc
hes in gardens, yards, roadsides, waste ground, orchards, pastures and agricultural fields.
It grows without any assistance and easily harvested and so is often called the “food of the poor.”
It is also delicious and good for one’s health.
Thanks to the heavy rain in Iraq, this year mallow spread and were found for collectors to harvest in winter, without any help from farmers.
Some of poor families are able to collect mallow plants and sell them due to its medical value, as it is used to treat some sicknesses and to strengthen immunity.