Brought to my people in the early 1700s by the Spainish Jesuit Missionary Padre Eusebio Kino, the Akimel O'Odham (River People, Pimas) 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 our ancestors along the Keli Akimel (Old Man River).
We enjoy Kalvash with nostalgia for the simpler life of days gone by when the Gila River flowed through our land.
Black Eyed Peas, a variety of cowpea, are originally from northern Africa and were also brought to the Sonoran desert by Padre Kino. First planted here on this continent by our people, the Akimel Oodham, or River People (Pima), these peas are known as UUS BAVI, meaning stick beans in Oodham Neok, our language. Heat tolerant and water thrifty, these cowpeas adapted well to cultivation in the riverine ecosystem of our ancestors and provided yet another flavor to their varied diet. Today we continue to produce these delicious, tender and fast cooking beans on the same fields that have been cultivated by our people for centuries. We hope you enjoy the hearty flavor!
Our U'US Bavi (black eyed peas) are delicious! Try them cooked in your salads!