Pot liquor (or "pot likker" according to How To Speak Southern
) is the term used in the American South
for the liquid left in a cooking pot
after greens have cooked for some time (and the South doesn't see crisp
ness as an asset in cooked plants). Southerners often drink the liquid or sop it up with biscuit
s rather than waste
it, even before research showed how many nutrient
s leak from the vegetables into the water around them.
Sources: Steve Mitchell's How To Speak Southern, 1976, and growing up in the Carolinas.