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 Raleigh, NC. 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 Raleigh'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!
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:
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.
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.
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 Raleigh, NC.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.
They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.
Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.
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.
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.Free Estimate
Tennessee is on the road but looking no worse for wear. After one quarter, neither squad has the contest in the bag, but Tennessee leads 34-31 over North Carolina State.Tennessee entered the match having won three straight and they're just one half away from another. Will they make it four, or will North Carolina State step up and spoil it? We'll know soon.North Carolina State Wolfpack @ Tennessee VolunteersCurrent Records: North Carolina State 7-2, Tennessee 7-3Tennessee has enjoyed a three-game homestand but wil...
Tennessee is on the road but looking no worse for wear. After one quarter, neither squad has the contest in the bag, but Tennessee leads 34-31 over North Carolina State.
Tennessee entered the match having won three straight and they're just one half away from another. Will they make it four, or will North Carolina State step up and spoil it? We'll know soon.
North Carolina State Wolfpack @ Tennessee Volunteers
Current Records: North Carolina State 7-2, Tennessee 7-3
Tennessee has enjoyed a three-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They will take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack in a holiday battle at 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at at Frost Bank Center. Both teams come into the match bolstered by wins in their previous matches.
Winning is just a little bit easier when your shooting is a whole 17.7% better than the opposition, a fact Tennessee proved on Tuesday. They strolled past the Eagles with points to spare, taking the game 74-56. The team accrued 49 points in the first half and coasted on those for the win.
Jonas Aidoo was the offensive standout of the game as he dropped a double-double on 29 points and 11 rebounds. Those 29 points set a new season-high mark for him.
Meanwhile, North Carolina State waltzed into their matchup Tuesday with two straight wins but they left with three. They came out on top against the Skyhawks by a score of 81-67.
Among those leading the charge was DJ Horne, who went 6 for 10 from beyond the arc en route to 22 points and 3 assists. As a matter of fact, that's the most points he has scored all season. DJ Burns Jr. was another key contributor, dropping a double-double on ten points and 12 rebounds.
The Volunteers pushed their record up to 7-3 with that victory, which was their eighth straight at home dating back to last season. Those good results were due in large part to their offensive dominance across that stretch, as they averaged 79.6 points per game. As for the Wolfpack, their win bumped their record up to 7-2.
Some high-performance offense is likely on the agenda as Tennessee and North Carolina State are some of the highest scoring teams in the league. Tennessee hasn't had any problem running up the score this season, having averaged 78.1 points per game. However, it's not like North Carolina State struggles in that department as they've been averaging 80.3 points per game. With both teams so easily able to put up points, the only question left is who can run the score up higher.
Tennessee was able to grind out a solid victory over North Carolina State in their previous matchup back in November of 2017, winning 67-58. Does Tennessee have another victory up their sleeve, or will North Carolina State turn the tables on them? We'll have the answer soon enough.
North Carolina State is a big 9-point favorite against Tennessee, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9-point spread, and stayed right there.
The over/under is set at 149 points.
Tennessee won the only game these two teams have played in the last 6 years.
A coalition of environmental groups are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare endangered a coastal bird that breeds in North Carolina and some neighboring states.Coastal black-throated green warblers are a small subspecies of birds that have historically had breeding grounds in wetlands in the coastal plains of North Carolina, South Carolina and southeastern Virginia.As those wetlands have either been cleared of trees, flooded or developed, the bird’s range has steadily declined, said the coalition, which i...
A coalition of environmental groups are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare endangered a coastal bird that breeds in North Carolina and some neighboring states.
Coastal black-throated green warblers are a small subspecies of birds that have historically had breeding grounds in wetlands in the coastal plains of North Carolina, South Carolina and southeastern Virginia.
As those wetlands have either been cleared of trees, flooded or developed, the bird’s range has steadily declined, said the coalition, which includes the Center for Biological Diversity, Coastal Plain Conservation Group, Dogwood Alliance, N.C. Coastal Federation and two chapters of the Audubon Society.
“It was already very, very habitat-specific and due to the biomass industry, due to climate change, due to various anthropocentric factors, that already highly specific habitat has become even more fragmented, even more seldom,” Soleil Gaylord, a Center for Biological Diversity scientist, told The News & Observer.
There could fewer than 1,000 coastal black-throated green warblers left in the wild, according to the Center for Biological Diversity petition, which also says conservative estimates top out around 2,200 birds.
Their traditional range is between southeastern Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina. But now, the bird is only found in seven areas in the region:
In the petition to list the bird as an endangered species, Carpenter is quoted as saying that he would be “cautious about using the word stronghold” about these areas because the bird’s populations are sparse, even where it is found.
The birds are also migratory, but scientists aren’t sure where they fly to in the winter months or how habitat there could be affecting the bird’s population.
The coastal black-throated green warbler is also known as the Wayne’s warbler, a nod to the person who first described it in 1909. It is a subpecies of the much more common black-throated green warbler.
The more common bird lives in a broad range throughout Canada and in the Appalachian mountains, where the subspecies is exclusively found in coastal areas around North Carolina.
John Carpenter, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s eastern landbird biologist, conducted genetic work that found the bird is genetically distinct from the more common warbler.
“We found enough differences to say, ‘Something happened.’ We’re kind of peeking into evolution occurring in real time, in a sense,” Carpenter told The N&O.
Coastal black-throated green warblers are also slightly different in appearance, the petition said. They are smaller than their relatives, with smaller beaks and smaller black areas on their chests.
But, Carpenter said, those differences likely aren’t obvious without careful observation.
“Their song and their overall appearance are very similar,” he said. “They just haven’t been separated enough for a long enough period of time for them to start sounding different or even looking different.”
The wetland hardwood forests where the coastal black-throated green warbler lives are disappearing, threatening the species’ survival.
“Loss of habitat is the key factor contributing to their decline,” Joe Poston, a Catawba College biologist who was part of the warbler’s genetic study, told The N&O.
NautreServe, a nonprofit that works on biodiversity, reported that less than 5% of the land within the coastal black-throated green warbler’s range is excellent or good habitat for the bird.
According to the petition, logging is a main reason for this, particularly for the wood pellet and pulpwood industries. Wetland forests are cleared of existing trees, the petition said, and after those forests are cleared, they’re often replaced by single-species pine plantations that don’t offer the same habitat for the warblers and other birds.
The bird is particularly fond of Atlantic white cedar trees, which were historically harvested for use in the shingle industry. According to the petition, there may have once been half-a-million acres of the trees, where today there are 125,000 acres.
“Climate change, pestilence, disease — all of those things are threatening the Atlantic white cedar. Unfortunately that does not bode well for the Wayne’s warbler,” Gaylord said.
Bald cypress trees also provide important habitat for the birds, according to the petition.
During his 2018 survey, Carpenter found that the coastal warbler is most abundant in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
That low-lying area that sits just before the Outer Banks in northeastern North Carolina is particularly susceptible to saltwater, and the sea has risen about a foot at nearby Oregon Inlet since 1977, according to federal data.
A 2021 study from researchers at Duke University and the University of Virginia found that the refuge lost 10% of its forested wetlands to sea level rise between 1984 and 2019. That paper also found that about a third of the refuge had switched from forest to either marsh or shrub land.
Under an “intermediate” global warming scenario, federal officials project that seas will rise nearly four feet at Oregon Inlet by 2100. That could have dire consequences for the low-lying habitat that’s so important to the warbler.
“The projections have most of that refuge underwater by the end of the century, which would not be good for the forested structure that the Wayne’s warbler needs,” Carpenter said.
The petitioners are asking the Fish and Wildlife Service designate swaths of the Southeast in which the Wayne’s warbler can be found as critical habitat, in addition to declaring the bird endangered. Additionally, the petition called for protection of migration corridors and surrounding habitat areas around where the bird can be found today.
“What we have is already so narrow and protecting the rest of what remains of that habitat is basically what this species’ existence hinges upon,” Gaylord said.
A critical habitat designation would prevent activities that require a federal permit, license or funding from taking place around areas the Fish and Wildlife Service deems vital to the bird’s survival. It would also prevent federal agencies from destroying or modifying the habitats.
In October, the Fish and Wildlife Service declared Bachman’s warbler extinct.
The bird had breeding grounds in coastal areas of both North Carolina and South Carolina, The N&O previously reported. It was last seen around Charleston in the early 1960s.
“Federal protection came too late to reverse these species’ decline, and it’s a wake-up call on the importance of conserving imperiled species before it’s too late,” Martha Williams, the FWS’ director, said in a press release at the time.
Like the coastal black-throated green warbler, Bachman’s warbler lived in swampy forests in the Southeastern United States. The ivory-billed woodpecker, also known as the “Lord God Bird,” is on the verge of extinction and inhabits similar areas, the petitioners note.
“Without federal protection,” the petition said, “the coastal black-throated green warbler will continue sprialing toward extinction like Bachman’s warbler and the ivory-billed woodpecker.”
Poston, the Catawba College biologist, noted that he never had the opportunity to hear Bachman’s warbler, which was likely extinct before he was born.
“I’d hate for future generations not to know what it would be like to hear Wayne’s black-throated green warblers in the coastal plain,” Poston said.
This story was produced with financial support from the Hartfield Foundation and 1Earth Fund, in partnership with Journalism Funding Partners, as part of an independent journalism fellowship program. The N&O maintains full editorial control of the work.
Adam Wagner covers climate change and other environmental issues in North Carolina. His work is produced with financial support from the Hartfield Foundation and 1Earth Fund, in partnership with Journalism Funding Partners, as part of an independent journalism fellowship program. Wagner’s previous work at The News & Observer included coverage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and North Carolina’s recovery from recent hurricanes. He previously worked at the Wilmington StarNews.
247Sports Embed ResourceRALEIGH, NC-- It's clear that Dave Doeren and company have a big emphasis in the portal, recruiting in areas of need in order to bolster the roster particularly on the offensive side of the ball for 2024. However, it's also important to maintain pieces that made positive contributions this season in order to build for next year. NC State received good news of this on Friday night as starting offensive guard Tim McKa...
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RALEIGH, NC-- It's clear that Dave Doeren and company have a big emphasis in the portal, recruiting in areas of need in order to bolster the roster particularly on the offensive side of the ball for 2024. However, it's also important to maintain pieces that made positive contributions this season in order to build for next year. NC State received good news of this on Friday night as starting offensive guard Tim McKay announced his intentions to return for one final season in Raleigh in 2024.
The 6-foot-4 312 pounder confirmed his intentions to remain in Raleigh through his X account:
McKay primarily played the right guard spot for NC State this past season after manning the right tackle position last season, as redshirt freshman Jacarruis Peak slid into the right tackle spot. While struggling at times, McKay showed far greater promise at the guard position and staying for another season could prove pivotal for McKay to develop into professional opportunities this time next year.
McKay was a four-star prospect in the 2019 class, picking NC State over Duke out of high school. McKay led the team in pancake blocks last season with 58 at the right tackle position. McKay was also a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy last season - given to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. McKay would figure to be up again for multiple awards next season with a full-year of development at the right guard position as newly minted quarterback Grayson McCall is set to take the reigns.
NC State looks to retain four of their five linemen from last season as second year offensive line coach Garrett Tujague has already added two offensive linemen in the portal to provide depth across the line. With Dawson Jaramillo set to return following an ACL injury last offseason, McKay's decision to return is the first domino to fall in what figures to be a much-improved front-five as NC State continues to build momentum heading into the offseason.
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OPINION AND COMMENTARYEditorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters.Here’s one way to know you’re getting old: When one of your college classmates becomes president of the college.That revelation came unto me a decade ago when John Wilson, who was in Professor Lutton’s English class at Morehouse College at the same time as I, was named president of the school.Prior to that, Wilson had served...
OPINION AND COMMENTARY
Editorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters.
Here’s one way to know you’re getting old: When one of your college classmates becomes president of the college.
That revelation came unto me a decade ago when John Wilson, who was in Professor Lutton’s English class at Morehouse College at the same time as I, was named president of the school.
Prior to that, Wilson had served as President Obama’s HBCU czar, tasked with finding ways to ensure the continued existence of historically Black colleges and universities. At the time I spoke with him, I was working on a story about the problems facing one of our local HBCUs.
As the czar, he summed up the situation thusly: “Some of our HBCUs have issues.”
None, it seems, has had as many issues in recent years as St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh.
The school seemingly goes through presidents as frequently as the Carolina Panthers football team goes through head coaches.
Unlike the Panthers, St. Aug’s has no billion-dollar TV contract or deep-pocketed leader willing to fund it indefinitely.
That’s one reason St. Aug’s has lost its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Without accreditation and the federal monies that would make it eligible for, the school’s very survival is imperiled.
But SACS didn’t sack St. Augustine’s merely for its precarious financial situation. On its website, SACS also cited “failure to comply with Core Requirement 4.1 (Governing board characteristics).”
From the outside looking in, it appears the only governing board characteristic is the board of trustees’ quick trigger finger when it comes to shooting down yet another leader.
Here’s a tip to St. Aug’s board of trustees: if all of the leaders you hire fail, you’re the problem.
It’s small consolation, but some HBCUs are not the only schools facing dire circumstances right now.
“It’s not just HBCUs” whose survival is in doubt, Dr. Belle Wheelan, president of SACS assured me when we spoke by phone recently, “but all small, private institutions that don’t have large endowments.”
Voluntarily giving up the ghost is not something that’ll happen at St. Augustine’s, Gilbert Knowles said.
“We’ve been here since 1867, and we’ll be here” through this latest crisis, Knowles said recently.
Knowles was president of the Student Government Association during my cameo appearance as a student on campus.
“After the shock” of finding out the school might be stripped of its accreditation, he said, “I went into survival mode… I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that we’ll survive this, and that St. Aug’s will flourish.”
Dr. Wheelan didn’t sound so sure when asked if St. Aug’s would survive this current predicament.
“That’s a good question,” she said. “I’m not sure… This is nothing new for them.” She noted that the school in recent years has received warnings from SACS and been placed on probation “for good cause… We haven’t had an audit from them in four years.”
Asked if the constant changing of leadership is a sign of instability, she replied “We would say so.”
When I spoke with John Wilson a decade ago, Shaw University’s board of trustees had just fired its president. Wilson said “I do not know enough about the situation at Shaw to comment, but I do feel comfortable saying… It’s never a good sign when a president stays one year. Never.”
St. Augustine’s University recently appointed Dr. Marcus Burgess, from Claflin College in South Carolina, as its interim president. Psst, Dr. B: Don’t buy any green bananas: you might not be around long enough for them to ripen.
Let’s hope the school is still around, too.
Editorial Board member Barry Saunders is founder of TheSaundersReport.com.
This story was originally published December 15, 2023, 9:48 AM.
After finding some momentum at the end of a six-game road trip, the Carolina Hurricanes return home to host the Nashville Predators on Friday in Raleigh, N.C.The Hurricanes were only 2-4-0 on the road swing, but salvaged the trip by winning their last two games. Carolina’s last stop was a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, with Jordan Staal capitalizing on a misplay by Wings goalie Ville Husso to score the game-winning goal 11:49 into the second period.“Started (as) the road trip from hell for a bit the...
After finding some momentum at the end of a six-game road trip, the Carolina Hurricanes return home to host the Nashville Predators on Friday in Raleigh, N.C.
The Hurricanes were only 2-4-0 on the road swing, but salvaged the trip by winning their last two games. Carolina’s last stop was a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, with Jordan Staal capitalizing on a misplay by Wings goalie Ville Husso to score the game-winning goal 11:49 into the second period.
“Started (as) the road trip from hell for a bit there, and obviously the boys grinded the last few and found a way to get in a little bit of a groove,” Staal said.
The victory in Detroit improves Carolina’s away record to a modest 8-10-0, as the team has enjoyed far more success on home ice. The Hurricanes are 8-2-1 in Raleigh this season, and the Predators’ visit marks the start of a three-game homestand.
Nashville is 6-7-0 in away games this season, but 4-1-0 in its last five road dates. That recent success has come within an 11-3-0 overall mark for the Predators in their last 14 games, as the team has rebounded strongly after a slow start to the season.
The Predators’ 3-2 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday saw them surrender a 2-0 lead and get outshot by a 39-22 margin. However, goalie Juuse Saros stopped 37 of the Flyers’ shots, and Filip Forsberg scored 18 seconds into overtime to secure the two points for Nashville.
“Obviously on the coaching part, we’re not too proud of the amount of shots we’re giving up,” Predators coach Andrew Brunette said. “But individually for (Saros), outstanding, kind of as expected, as advertised. I think he’s getting a little bit more comfortable in the way we play a little bit.”
Philadelphia’s 39 shots were tied for the most by any Predators opponent this season. This doesn’t bode well against the Hurricanes, whose 34.2 shots-per-game average is among the best in the NHL.
Saros has a .953 save percentage and a 5-0-0 record over his last five games. Because the Predators also play Saturday against the Washington Capitals, Saros and Kevin Lankinen figure to split the back-to-back starts in some order.
Likewise for Carolina, Pyotr Kochetkov’s start against the Red Wings on Thursday means that Antti Raanta will probably be in net against Nashville. Raanta has struggled to an .860 save percentage over 13 games this season, and has recently been losing playing time to the in-form Kochetkov.
Forsberg leads all Nashville skaters in goals (15) and assists (18) this season.
Hurricanes forward Jack Drury has four points (one goal, three assists) during a four-game points streak.
Two of the NHL’s hottest penalty-kill units will battle Friday. The Hurricanes are 20-for-20 on penalty kills in their last seven games, while the Predators are 19-for-20 on kills in their last six games.
Nashville won both meetings with Carolina last season.