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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Colorado Springs

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Colorado Springs, CO. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Colorado Springs's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Colorado Springs. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Colorado Springs, CO. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
Mediterranean Grocery Colorado Springs, CO

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Colorado Springs,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Colorado Springs, CO, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

4.

They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Colorado Springs apartment complex sold for record price, buyer 'bullish' on the city

A California real estate investment company that's unabashedly upbeat about Colorado Springs has paid a record price to acquire its fourth local apartment complex, bringing its total investment in the city to nearly $290 million over the last two years.Benedict Canyon Equities of Los Angeles last week bought the 108-unit Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs apartments, northwest of Broadmoor Bluffs Drive and Neal Ranch Road on the city's far southwest side.The company paid $49 million to purchase the apartment complex from an investment g...

A California real estate investment company that's unabashedly upbeat about Colorado Springs has paid a record price to acquire its fourth local apartment complex, bringing its total investment in the city to nearly $290 million over the last two years.

Benedict Canyon Equities of Los Angeles last week bought the 108-unit Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs apartments, northwest of Broadmoor Bluffs Drive and Neal Ranch Road on the city's far southwest side.

The company paid $49 million to purchase the apartment complex from an investment group headed by Springs real estate company Griffis/Blessing, which bought the property in October 2015 for $20.3 million, El Paso County land records show.

Benedict Canyon's per unit purchase price of $453,704 is the highest ever in Colorado Springs, beating the previous record of $393,393 that was set in late 2020 with the sale of downtown's Blue Dot Place apartments.

"When you talk about the price, nothing demonstrates your resolve, your belief in a market more than stepping up on price," said Jim Rosten, Benedict Canyon's co-founding principal.

Colorado Springs' strong economy, quality of life and growing population are the city's obvious traits, Rosten said. But the Springs offers more, he said, including friendly people and a receptive climate for businesses and investors.

"From a business perspective, Colorado Springs, I think, was one of the best kept secrets," Rosten said. "It's not a secret anymore. ... It's a great place to do business, I feel. So we're bullish on Colorado Springs. We will continue to be bullish on Colorado Springs.

"Once you start scratching below the surface, you really get a vibe there," Rosten added. "It's a neighborhood town. It's not a big city that's become impersonal. I can contrast it with where we live here in Los Angeles."

Los Angeles also is a tough place to do business, he said.

"We have just crazy politicians here and because of that, we're not going to invest in our own backyard," Rosten said. "I'm building here, but I'm not buying existing product here. It's just too hard to do business.

"I think Colorado Springs is more receptive, especially to quality owners," he said. "That's the real story behind it all, I think. It's a better place to invest, it's a better place to live, frankly. I would live there. If I can get out of here, I might."

Rosten said he expects Benedict Canyon will purchase three to four more Colorado Springs apartment properties, which the company typically buys with the idea of upgrading them and increasing their value.

In December, Benedict Canyon paid $82.5 million for The Vue at Springs Creek, a 280-unit apartment complex on the city's south side, county land records show. In 2020, the company also paid $86.8 million for the 332-unit, northeast-side Champions Apartments and $69.3 million for the 292-unit Advenir at Springs Canyon in northwest Colorado Springs, which has been renamed Artemis at Springs Canyon.

At the Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs, built in 1987, Benedict Canyon plans to spend $2 million to $3 million on interior and exterior improvements, Rosten said.

"The property itself has a lot of upside to it," Rosten said. "With some fresh dollars put into it, I think it will even be that much better. The location is superb, obviously, near The Broadmoor (the five-star hotel on the southwest side). Anything you can get near there is superb."

Kevin McKenna, an executive vice president with the Denver office of national real estate firm CBRE, said the Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs is in a quiet residential area where few apartments have been built over the last 20 years.

The property has larger, 1,100-square-foot units that each have a garage, which also made it appealing. CBRE, which represented Griffis/Blessing in the property's sale, had almost 20 offers for the property, said McKenna, who was joined in marketing the property by CBRE's Saul Levy, Mackenzie Walker and Jessica Graham.

Benedict Canyon is one of several real estate investment or development companies that have set their sights on Colorado Springs in recent years as an attractive apartment market.

Its growing population and healthy economy have triggered a strong demand for apartment living. In turn, that's led to record-high rents — an average of nearly $1,500 a month in the first quarter, a report showed last week — and low vacancy rates, which investors and developers covet.

Griffis/Blessing, which sold the Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs, pools together investment groups to acquire apartments. The company and its investors then upgrade the properties and increases rents before they're sold, typically after seven to 10 years.

At the Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs, Griffis/Blessing replaced building roofs, windows and garage doors, painted the exterior and performed mild upgrades to about one-third of the units and the clubhouse, said Gary Winegar, the company's investment services president.

Though interest rates and borrowing costs are going up for buyers and investors, Winegar said he still expects apartment properties to sell for top dollar. Many groups have money to spend, and as long as the Springs adds jobs and wages increase, investors will be interested, he said.

"There's so much equity out there that has been raised to invest in apartments already," Winegar said. "Today ... with this uncertainty we've got going on right now, people are interested in buying hard assets, like real estate."

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Evacuations lifted after fire in north Colorado Springs

Crews have knocked down the bulk of the fire near Interquest Parkway and I-25, CSFD saidCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — All evacuation orders related to the North Gate Fire that was burning in north Colorado Springs have been lifted, according to the city.Crews from the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) responded to a fire Friday afternoon near Interquest Parkway and Interstate 25.Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Far...

Crews have knocked down the bulk of the fire near Interquest Parkway and I-25, CSFD said

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — All evacuation orders related to the North Gate Fire that was burning in north Colorado Springs have been lifted, according to the city.

Crews from the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) responded to a fire Friday afternoon near Interquest Parkway and Interstate 25.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Farm subdivision on Ridgeline Drive. The borders of the evacuation zone were Middle Creek Parkway South to Interquest Parkway, with an eastern boundary of Voyager. 500 homes were evacuated, according to CSFD.

Just before 2 p.m., CSFD tweeted that crews had knocked down the bulk of the fire. They said no structures were damaged. Shortly before 4 p.m., the city said the evacuations had been lifted.

CSFD said around 6:30 p.m. that the fire was estimated at 17 acres, with 75% containment.

The fire department said the cause was determined to be illegal hot work during burn restrictions. The workers did not have a permit, CSFD said, and hot work precautions were not followed.

An evacuation center was set up earlier at Pine Creek High School, 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave.

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Colorado Springs gets Vietnamese bakery full of unique sweet treats

Savory Vietnamese cuisine isn’t hard to find in Colorado Springs, but a bakery full of Vietnamese sweets? With the arrival of Lee’s Sandwiches, a California-based bánh mi chain, Colorado Springs just got its first such spot. Details: 5660 Barnes Road, 719-344-9344, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.When you walk inside, you’re greeted by display cases filled with row after row of new-to-us pastries. And while all the treats had their Asian names and simplified English translations, we were wide-eyed and wanted to know more abou...

Savory Vietnamese cuisine isn’t hard to find in Colorado Springs, but a bakery full of Vietnamese sweets? With the arrival of Lee’s Sandwiches, a California-based bánh mi chain, Colorado Springs just got its first such spot. Details: 5660 Barnes Road, 719-344-9344, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

When you walk inside, you’re greeted by display cases filled with row after row of new-to-us pastries. And while all the treats had their Asian names and simplified English translations, we were wide-eyed and wanted to know more about them. So we recruited Anne Doan, a native of Vietnam and culinary instructor, to add more depth to what we were seeing.

“Desserts and sweets were not usually part of our cuisine, until the French occupied the country,” Doan said. “During the colonial period, they brought their custom of having sweets after meals. We took what our palates liked from the French to make them our own, with a twist. We made them to survive the heat and humidity and less sweet.”

To that end, while they are low in sugar, they also contain healthy ingredients — usually bananas, mung beans, coconut milk, glutinous rice, pandan and sesame seeds. And they’re delicious.

“While most Vietnamese people still don’t eat dessert every night,” she said, “it’s a common enough craving that there are special dessert restaurants dotting the main streets in any given city.”

We started our bakery tour at the machine that makes a pastry called deli manjoo, located front and center of Lee’s.

“This machine is made in Korea, but you see them being used in other Asian countries,” Doan said. “They make a snack cake filled with pastry cream. When we lived in Japan, the stands were at every train stop. You get four or six pieces in a small paper cone for nibbling. They are best eaten hot.”

The contraption is like a waffle iron, with rows of small shallow molds. There are two fixed dispensers above the molds, one holding batter and another holding custard. The row of molds run slowly down the line, like a conveyor belt, and automated dispensers squirt in batter first, then custard. As the little cakes continue to move, they start to rise and cover the custard filling. They emerge from a turnstile only to return to the starting point, where the operator flips the cakes to brown the other side. Finally, the cakes are flipped into a bag and served.

The bite-size cake — with a slightly crunchy exterior and soft interior and full of warm vanilla custard — is delicious.

“I’d describe them as similar to angel food cake,” Doan added.

There are several cake mold shapes — fish, flowers, acorns — and various fillings, including blueberry cream cheese and different types of beans mixed with sweetened condensed milk.

We’re not sure which is more fun, watching them being made or eating them. But when you walk into Lee’s, on days when they are making the snack cakes, the sweet smell of these snack cakes is irresistible. They are sold hot off the machine or packaged for days when the treats are not in production.

We moved on to sugar puffs — a puff pastry “like you can buy in the freezer section” — and then beignets “like you would get in New Orleans, only without the powdered sugar,” Doan said.

Chocolate, almond and coconut raisin croissants followed.

“These are made with a laminated dough, like a French croissant but without as many layers,” Doan said. “They do not puff up as much as the French version and are not as flaky. A French baker would not consider these a true croissant probably. And the raisin croissant does not have any cinnamon in them.”

Next up, Chinese bread sticks. Long strips of dough are fried to golden brown, which are soft and hollow.

“We like to eat these with conjee, a rice porridge,” she said. “They look sort of like your funnel cakes, but they are not sweet.”

Doan’s eyes lit up when she saw banh tieu, crispy fried dough covered in white sesame seeds. They’re the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

“Ah, the delicious and addictive Vietnamese hollow doughnut,” she said. “Banh tieu is the dessert you never knew you were missing in your life.”

Doan then spotted what she called sesame balls. These little balls have different fillings — small ones have red beans and the bigger ones have mung bean paste. They are slightly sweet.”

Some mornings there are colorful waffles available.

“They are like regular waffles but are flavored with coconut and pandan leaves,” Doa said. “The pandan leaves give them a unique taste and aroma and vanilla-like flavor. They also make the waffles have a green color.”

According to Doan, one of the major reasons for the bakery at Lee’s is for the baguettes they use for the banh mi. Bánh mì (pronounced BUN-mee) is the Vietnamese term for “bread,” but it also refers to a special kind of sandwich. It’s an airy, crunchy French-styled baguette stuffed with a combination of meats, vegetables and other condiments.

“These again are not like a French baguette,” Doan said. “They are soft for the banh mi, so it’s not so hard to eat. I buy several when I’m here, along with a lot of the deli meats they sell, to make my own bánh mi at home.”

Lee’s also has a small dry goods section where you can buy factory-made Vietnamese goodies. So if you are looking for a complete Vietnamese experience, Lee’s has you covered, from banh mi sandwiches to strong Vietnamese coffee to sip while enjoying sweet treats.

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