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For a popular purveyor of meatballs, the absence of Kofta is conspicuous. The meatballs of the Middle East and South Asian regions, Kofta recipes are copious, with a wide range of minced meat-and-spice combinations being balled. Thus, the question for us was not whether to bring in a Kofta, but—what kind? Taking our cue from our customers’ current voraciousness for Indian food, we created Lamb Koftas with Masala Sauce. We turned to a family-run, gourmet Indian food creator in Northern California. Their recipes and techniques, passionately cultivated over the years, traveled with them from India. Thus, the...

The best things come in small packages. At least, that’s what short people say. The leaders in our produce area also say this—though they are varied in height—especially when they are speaking of our Smallish Gems Sweet Lettuce. One of our buyers first encountered Gems in London restaurants and supermarkets several years ago. Today, we’ve seen these small, Sweet Lettuce heads popping up all over the U.S., especially in farmer’s markets and finer restaurants. Based on their notable characteristics, Gems might be described as a cross between butter lettuce and romaine. Technically, they are an...

Green Tea is steeped in intrigue and has been for millennia. First, it originally comes from China—that vast land with ancient and mysterious cultures. Second, the tea, itself, appears to possess a wide variety of healthful qualities, most of which are unscientific, yet still apparently more than anecdotal. Third, Green Tea has elaborate and intricate traditions built around it (i.e. Japan’s Chado, or “The Way of Tea”) that make it so much more than just a ‘cuppa tea.’ Trader Joe’s own history with Green Tea has been a marvelous mixed bag, spanning across categories. We currently offer...