Since the country is so dry, there are few plants, except for the date palm, known for its fruit (dates).

The climate in Iraq is as varied as the different regions, ranging from tropical in the east and southeast, to dry and desert-like in the west.

The north is pleasant during summer months and freezing in the winter months.

On average, Iraq is a dry country, even in the fertile lands between the rivers.

In the summer, a dry, dusty wind called the shamal blasts through the country with dust storms, lasting for several days.

Iraq is located in southwestern Asia, in the heart of the Middle East. To the west are the Steppe-Desert Plains, made up of sand and stony plains.

The Delta region is a broad plain in the southeast.

The north region, between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, is a fertile area of grassy flatlands and rolling hills.

The Zagros Mountains rise steeply in the northeast.

The rich soil, commonly referred to as the "Fertile Crescent," produced crops such as leeks, onions, lentils, Iraqi food is so strongly influenced by its neighboring countries, Turkey and Iran, it is one of the few nations of the Middle East to lack a unique cuisine.

Like the Turks, Iraqis like to stuff vegetables and eat a lot of lamb, rice, and yogurt.

Like Iranians, they enjoy cooking fruits with beef and poultry. Although Iraq may not have a distinct cooking style, there are several dishes native to the country.