Cannellini beans, also known as white kidney beans, are a type of common bean that is native to Italy. They are small, white, kidney-shaped legumes that have a smooth, creamy texture and a mild, nutty flavor when cooked. They are a good source of protein, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals, including potassium and B vitamins.
Cannellini beans are popular in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, often used in soups, stews, and salads, as well as in pasta dishes. They can be mashed and mixed with garlic and olive oil to make a dip called "cannelini bean puree" or "Fagioli all'uccelletto" and can be added to traditional dishes such as minestrone and pasta fagioli.