Authentic Mediterranean fare is now as close as the supermarket deli section, with the introduction of fresh, fully cooked falafel from Needham, Mass.-based Falafel Republic. Available in Traditional and Roasted Garlic varieties, the protein-rich vegetarian blend of chickpeas, fava beans, onions and spices can be consumed as a snack at home or on the go, an appetizer, part of a Mediterranean “meze” plate, or the star attraction of lunch or dinner. The item also heats up easily in either a conventional or microwave oven. A retail pack contains nine 1-ounce falafel balls retails for a suggested $5.99. To learn more, visit www.falafelrepublic.com.