Pomegranates: A Fruitful Trade

ALLAUDIN KHAN / AP

RED HOPE: Afghans harvest pomegranates in a region dominated by the opium crop

A week or so ago I bought some pomegranates in my local fruit market in New Delhi. They were huge and glowed bright red, and the small juicy crystals of flesh inside tasted as good as they looked. But the most remarkable thing about the fruit was the box they came in. It was stamped in big, bold letters with the words "Kandahari Pomegranates. Export Quality. Products of Afghanistan."

It's not often that you see a product made in Afghanistan. The country is the world's biggest opium producer, but that's not an export government officials shout about. Yet...

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