Collard liquor, also known as pot liquor, sometimes spelled potlikker or pot likker is the liquid that is left behind after boiling greens (collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens); it is sometimes seasoned with salt and pepper, smoked pork or smoked 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. The word is also used in To Kill a Mockingbird in the quote "I've seen Atticus pat his foot when there's fiddlin' on the radio, and he loves pot liquor better'n any man I ever saw.", Book: To Kill a Mockingbird, Author: Harper Lee, Chapter: 23, page: 303
Former Senator and Governor of GeorgiaZell Miller wrote a defense of the traditional spelling 'potlikker' to the New York Times.
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