In-Pictures: When it comes to pomegranates, locals choose Halabja
By Sartip Othman
Located in eastern Kurdistan Region near the Iranian border, Halabja is locally known for its pomegranates and walnuts.
Locals harvest the pomegranates after the first rain of autumn, believing this improves this taste. The fruit is widely enjoyed during the cooler weather.
Agricultural experts say that Kurdistan is an ideal environment for growing pomegranates because of its moderate temperatures, dry climate, and arable land. The best-known varieties come from Halabja and Sharaban, both near the Iranian border.