Salicin is closely related in chemical make-up to aspirin and has a very similar action in the human body. When consumed, it is metabolized to salicylic acid. The systematic (IUPAC) name of the molecule is 2-(Hydroxymethyl)phenyl β-D-glucopyranoside. It has the following classifications and chemical properties:
Salicin elicits bitterness like quinine, when consumed.