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Mangrove Jungle & T’s Crock Pot Jambalaya

January 27, 2012

In all the photos from the Ding Darling Refuge the mangroves are prominent. Mangroves are the reason the island doesn’t doesn’t disappear into the sea. The mangroves provide food &/or shelter all living things in the tropical coast biome.

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Called “Walking Trees“, the mangrove is vital to the health of a marine marsh environment…or swamp.

Mangrove Litter

All along the beaches of Sanibel Island are mangrove litter, seed-type pods which are actually new mangrove plants which will hopefully take root to provide the island more protection from sea & storm.

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In the Refuge we saw Red Mangrove, the most abundant of the three species found in Florida; the Black Mangrove, which concentrates sodium chloride (table salt) on it’s leaves to be eaten by animals or used by man & the White Mangrove which is moving out of the marsh into the higher tidal area with no visible roots.

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The “tea” produced by these plants nourishes the environment & gives the costal areas their characteristic stench – high volume organic material, low oxygen content & the presence of methane, nitrogen & sulphuric acid. That is not muddy water – it’s mangrove tea!

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T’s Crock Pot Jambalaya

My crock pot gets a workout every week. There’s no reason to stop for fast food when you have dinner ready & waiting in the crock pot!


  • 28 ounces crushed or diced Tomatoes
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 pound Chicken, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound Smoked Sausage, sliced (No MSG!)
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup White Wine
  • 2 teaspoons dried Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Sauce (like Tabasco)
  • 1 cup cut Okra (frozen is fine)
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 pound raw Shrimp (25 – 30 count)
  • 2 – 4 cups Hot Rice


  1. Put all ingredients in crock pot in the order listed except shrimp & rice.
  2. Cover & cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.
  3. 1 hour before serving add shrimp & stir.
  4. Just before eating, add cooked rice.

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