Nira

Chinese Chive

Stronger in flavour than regular chives, there are a number of varieties of nira commonly used in Japanese cuisine, including green nira (known as garlic chives), yellow nira and hananira, which has a flower bud on top of its stalk. Often used to flavour soup or as a garnish, nira stir-fried with liver is another popular way to enjoy this vegetable. Nira contains high levels of carotene and vitamin E, and also aids the body’s absorption of vitamin B1.