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 crispness as an asset in cooked plants). Southerners often drink the liquid or sop it up with biscuits rather than waste it, even before research showed how many nutrients leak from the vegetables into the water around them.

Sources: Steve Mitchell's How To Speak Southern, 1976, and growing up in the Carolinas.

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