Nira (Chinese chives, Chinese leek, or garlic chives) is a species of onion with a relatively mild flavor and is often used in miso soup and stir-fried dishes. Its aroma results partly from the presence of allyl methyl sulfide, which is also found in garlic. Nira is rich in vitamins A and C, β-carotene, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and other nutrients, and is therefore said to be beneficial for boosting the immune system, recovering from fatigue, and improving digestion. Nira is also a common ingredient in Chinese and Korean dishes.Text by Kitchen Nippon