Everyone knows these beans, because everyone has ever seen a can of white beans in tomato sauce. All over the world, white beans are grown in many varieties, different in size and shape. They are originally from South America. In the past these beans were rare and played an important role in voyages of discovery because these legumes could be stored so well. White beans are now "everyday" in Europe and in large parts of America; they like to be eaten almost everywhere in the world. Dried, small white beans become super soft when they are cooked gently, without the beans falling apart.
These white beans are quite bland in taste, do not taste too corny and have a nice thin skin. They are masters in taking over other flavors, such as tomatoes and pork. That makes them very suitable for classic bean dishes, such as Cassoulet, the famous bean dish from the Languedoc with white beans and (lamb) meat. They also taste extremely tasty in salads and stews.
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