Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) native to North America, is also known as teaberry and checkerberry. The bright red, spicy, edible, berrylike fruits are also called deerberries. The leaves yield oil of wintergreen which is used as a flavoring in candy, chewing gum and toothpaste. The active ingredient, methyl salicylate, is now mostly synthesized. The leaves are also used to make Mountain Tea.
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