Kalvash (Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas)

  • Available types: Whole Beans (unmilled)
  • Grown by: Ramona Farms (Sacaton - Gila River Indian Reservation, AZ)
  • Good for: Soups, Stews, Side Dishes, Curry, Hummus

Brought to the Pima people in the early 1700s by the Spanish Jesuit Missionary Padre Eusebio Kino, the Akimel O'Odham planted the Kalvash as a winter crop from November to February, and harvested the crop in May and June.

Today, Ramona Farms brings back the tradition of growing the Kalvash on the very same fields farmed by their ancestors along the Keli Akimel (Old Man River). Garbanzo beans are delicious in many culinary applications. We will be experimenting with milling chickpea flour. Stay tuned!

At the Mill, while our focus has been on Texas farmers, we are making efforts to engage/employ/purchase products from indigenous farmers and farmers of color. In our search, we discovered Ramona’s American Indian Foods, a Native American (Akimel O’Odham) business within the Gila River Reservation near Sacaton, Arizona.  Ramona and her husband Terry Button, began farming on her parents' original ten acre lot in 1974.  Read more about their story and land practices here: ramonafarms.com

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Eric Grimm
These make the best hummus.

Canned chickpeas just don’t measure up. These, plus Soom Tahini, plus a proprietary blend of citrus juice 🍋, olive oil, diced chilis 🌶 and spices, make the best hummus ever. And don’t even get me started on couscous salad. Happy and satisfied customer. Will absolutely order again.


I love all of Barton Springs Mill’s flours and grits, so I thought why not when I saw they offered these- best hummus I’ve ever made and perfect paired with homemade pita!

Eric Vaughan
In Bread

I have been incorporating garbanzo flour at 10% into my bread recipes for over a year as a way to add the nutrition of beans. I have found chickpeas have a slight to almost neutral flavor overall. I have increased the H2O slightly.

Elizabeth Aristeguieta
Beautiful nutty aroma

My hummus recipe has me lightly toast the garbanzo beans (after they soaked overnight) before adding water and boiling. The aroma was really wonderful and made me look forward to the hummus.
As I had anticipated, the hummus is so delicious. I will definitely be ordering the again.
Thank you Barton Springs Mill for sourcing this product.

Lucas Hall

Kalvash (Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas)

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Great Flour and Grits

We tried the Hopi Blue Corn Grits and love them. We are used to stone ground yellow grits, as that is what my grandfather grew and milled. These were as flavorful and great consistency , not to mention the added color.
The Blue Corn Flour we buy a lot and is great for blue corncakes with blueberries, cornbread and add it to my bread and foccaccia recipes. Excellent product.

Bill Cone

Just baked a sandwich loaf using 50% Sonora. Really like the flavor.

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Jay Bourland
Great flour

Great taste and it creates wonderful elasticity. I find I need to use more water with this flour compared to others.

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Jesse F Rodriguez
Fast shipping great product!

The best grits I have ever had!!!

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