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What Are Cannellini Beans?


  • Large, white beans renowned for their creamy texture and nutty undertones
  • Great source of fiber, protein and carbohydrates
  • Can be used as a substitute in recipes that call for Great Northern or Navy beans

Scientific Name: Phaseolus Vulgaris

The Cannellini Bean Story

Cannellini beans, referred to as white kidney beans and scientifically known as Phaseolus Vulgaris, are particularly cherished in Italian cuisine.
Originating from regions in South America, these beans found their way to Italy, where they were first cultivated and grown commercially. Beyond their cultural significance, cannellini beans are a nutritional powerhouse, brimming with fiber, protein, and carbohydrates while being remarkably low in sugar. They also offer a medley of essential vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins (especially folate), vitamin E, and vitamin K. These beans are notably rich in iron and contain substantial amounts of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and manganese. With a tender texture and a delightfully nutty, earthy flavor, cannellini beans are versatile ingredients, enhancing various dishes such as soups, stews, and chilies. Their excellence as a source of iron, magnesium, and folate further solidifies their role in the culinary world.

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