Pears originated in China, but when they spread to Europe they were often associated with France, and many types retain French names. Today, about thirty primary types of pair exist, three species account for the types most often eaten. These include the European pear (Bosc, Anjou, and Bartlett), Chinese white pear, and Nashi Pear (Asian pear). Pears are consumed fresh, canned, as juice, and dried. They are often sautéed and found in an array of desserts as well. Pears are rich in Vitamin C and potassium and are among the least allergenic of all fruits.