Radish Microgreens (Photo Courtesy: Kyle Villareal)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — In this edition of All the Dirt, WFXR’s Amanda Kenney heads to the WFXR Community Kitchen with Kyle Villareal, owner of Clover’s Microgreens. Kyles gives us all the dirt on tiny nutrient-packed microgreens!

Microgreens are seedlings or shoots from vegetables, herbs, grains, and edible flowers. Kyle says common microgreens sold are Sunflower, Broccoli, Radish, Wheatgrass, and even Corn shoots. At Clover’s Microgreens, Kyle says they typically harvest microgreens before or just as the first true leaves emerge. “They are good for you because they are packed with polyphenols which are antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” says Kyle.

Pea Microgreens (Photo Courtesy: Kyle Villareal)

Kyle says microgreens can be added to lots of meals and smoothies. Kyle suggests Pea or Sunflower microgreens in your salad, micro herbs like cilantro or basil for a punch of flavor, or radish for a little spice as salad toppers. He says Radish and his Spicy Salad Mix are a great lettuce replacement for tacos. Pea and Sunflower microgreens can also handle a little sautéing so they make a great wilted green side.

If you’re interested in learning more about microgreens, you call or text Clover’s Microgreens at 540-613-1607 or go to www.cloversmicrogreens.com.