Octyl acetate (octyl ethanoate, acetate C-8, or caprylyl acetate), occurs in many autumn fruits, including apples and pears. You can find it as well in other fruits, from kumquats to oranges, and even in whole wheat bread and beer. Food processing companies make octyl acetate synthetically and use it either to impart a citrus flavor or in combination with other compounds to make artificial apple, peach, pear, and strawberry flavors.
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