These white coloured beans shaped like a kidney are closely related to Red Kidney Beans. They have a somewhat milder flavour than the red beans, with a hint of slight sweetness to the taste. Like Red Kidney Beans, they are about 1/2 inch long (1 cm) dried. Their shape is only vaguely suggestive of a kidney, and even that tends to vanish as the beans plump up through soaking and cooking. And, like Red Kidney Beans, they have the same creamy texture when cooked and mashed.
These beans are now very traditional in Italy, especially in Tuscany. You will often see them at stores referred to by their Italian name, “Cannellini.”
These beans are low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium and a very good source of Protein and Vitamin C.