Collard liquor

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Collard liquor
Alternative names
Pot liquor, potlikker
Place of origin
United States
Region or state
Southern United States
Main ingredients
Liquid from boiling greens (collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens); sometimes salt, pork or turkey
Cookbook:Collard liquor  Collard liquor

Collard liquor, also known as pot liquor, sometimes spelled potlikker[1] or pot likker[2] is the liquid that is left behind after boiling greens (collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens); it is sometimes seasoned with salt, pork or turkey. Pot liquor contains essential vitamins and minerals including iron and vitamin C. Especially important is that it contains a lot of vitamin K, which aids in blood clotting.

Former Senator and Governor of Georgia Zell Miller wrote a defense of the traditional spelling 'potlikker' to the New York Times.[1]


  1. ^ a b "POT LIQUOR OR POTLIKKER?". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 23 February 1982. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Covey, Herbert C.; Dwight Eisnach (2009). What the slaves ate: recollections of African American foods and foodways from the slave narratives. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press. p. 78. ISBN 0-313-37497-X.