White beans as a category includes navy beans, great northern beans, cannellini beans, large white beans etc. These are the most popular types of white beans, however each type has its own unique peculiarities and features. Basically the main difference is the origin of these beans. In the EU beans are usually sold dried or in cans. White navy beans have a white or a pale ivory color. These beans are the smallest of other white beans varieties, have a mild flavor and soft texture is the main distinctive feature of white navy beans. Great northern beans are medium-sized and thin-skinned beans compared to smaller white navy variety, however still smaller than cannellini type. Their flavor is light. Cannellini beans are most popular white bean in the South of Italy. Cannellini beans are oval and large with a creamy texture and nutty flavor.