Small white beans are plump, oval white beans belonging to the "common bean" family of legumes. They are dense and smooth with a hearty texture and are very popular in the United States and Great Britain. Small white beans are also called haricot beans, Yankee beans, Boston beans and pea beans. Small white beans are best known in the popular dish, Boston baked beans. It was traditionally prepared on Saturdays and left in brick ovens overnight to cook. It was consumed the next day, allowing colonial New Englanders to eat a hot meal while still observing the Sabbath. Boston is still known today as "Beantown."
Small white beans are a good source of folate and vitamin B1, as well as the minerals manganese and iron. They are an excellent source of protein, and when combined with a whole grain they provide protein comparable to that of meat or dairy foods, without the high calories or saturated fat. Small white beans are also rich in fiber. Their high fiber content keeps blood sugar levels from rising too quickly after a meal.
Many classic American bean dishes call for small white beans. Bob’s Red Mill Small White Beans are excellent in many dishes, especially soups, casseroles, stews, chilis and puréed bean spreads. They can be used interchangeably with other white beans.