By Harold McGee
Wintergreen is the leaf of Gaultheria procumbens or fragrantissima, a North American bush in the blueberry and cranberry family, whose distinctive, refreshing aroma is created mainly by methyl salicylate.
From the book On Food and Cooking (2nd edition) by Harold McGee. © 2004 Harold McGee. By permission of Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.