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 9 reviews
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)

Bruce Trathen
The PLACE for all you flour needs

Great quality, and superb customer service. Happy to support my Local Mill and Farmers.


delicious, small farm beans. what more could you want?

BSM Reviews

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Yecora Rojo
Great texture

Great addition to Country Boule!

Haven't taken the class yet. It's next month on Oct 23. Will be happy to fill out a survey then.

Fantastic all purpose flour!

I was a little concerned, since I normally buy standard organic baking flour from the grocery store, but this stuff is fantastic! I made the most wonderfully flaky biscuits and can't wait to get into more recipes.

Yecora Rojo
David Jensen
Amazing taste, and awesome to work with!

Very good experience!