Methyl butanoate, also known as methyl butyrate, has a chemical formula of C5H10O2. Methyl butanoate is the methyl ester of butyric acid and is present in some plant products, including pineapple oil. It is also manufactured for use in the perfume industry and as a food flavoring.
Esters are chemical compounds, typically formed by the combination of an alcohol and an acid. Most naturally occurring fats and oils are esters. Many emit a fruit-like odor. Various types of esters are responsible for the distinctive scent of cinnamon, cherries, bananas, and many other fruits, flowers, and herbs. This makes them a common component of perfumes.