February 02, 2021 2 min read
White beans are a group of bean varieties that have a white or off whitish color. They may go by different names such as Great Northern beans, navy beans, or cannellini. These different varieties have slightly different tastes and will also differ in sizes but their nutritional profile tends to be rather similar. Most of the time, these varieties of white beans are easily interchangeable in recipes. Despite their different varieties, most white beans are generally smaller than other types of beans such as red kidney beans. Many varieties are oval-shaped and have a mild yet nutty flavor.
Although Great Northern beans and Navy beans look very similar, great northern beans are considerably larger than navy beans. Navy beans have a very delicate taste and are very creamy. Great northern beans have a smooth, nutty taste, and are much larger than navy beans. They are thicker and less creamy than navy beans. Cannellini beans are the largest of the three and have the strongest flavor. They have an earthy taste, similar to great northern beans.
Even though white beans have the potential to grow in a range of climates, they are commonly grown in many parts of the American continent. White beans are also cultivated in different parts of Europe and the Middle East.
Historically, white beans, like many other bean varieties originated from Peru from where they spread out across Central and South America by migrating trades. Beans were further introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers returning from their voyages to the new world.
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