Matthew McConaughey has revealed how the mango tree his wife Camila Alves planted with the placenta of their firstborn child came out.
12 years ago, Camila planted the seeds of the tree with the placenta of their newborn child, Levi.
The family finally ate the fruit the plant bore nine years later, and in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Matthew, 51, insisted it was one of the best mangoes he ever had in his life.
‘One of the best mangos I’ve ever had in my life!’ Matthew McConaughey has revealed how the mango tree his wife Camila Alves planted with the placenta of their firstborn child came out
‘One of the best mangos I’ve ever had in my life!’ he told Ellen.
Matthew explained they all ate the fruit together as a family, and honored their son for contributing to the plant’s growth.
‘That mango tree bore it’s first mango nine years later, which we all as a family sat down and ate and celebrated our eldest son like it was on his birthday. Going, “You helped fertilize this mango sir,”‘ Matthew recalled.
Matthew and Camila are currently quarantining with their three children Levi, Vida, 10, Livingston, seven, and the actor’s mother Kay.
‘You helped fertilize this mango sir’: Matthew explained they all ate the fruit together as a family, and honored their son in his contribution to the plant’s growth
Green thumb: 12 years ago, Camila planted the seeds of the tree with the placenta of their newborn child, Levi (pictured 2019)
The arrangement has been going on for the last seven months, and long enough for Matthew to jokingly refer to his mother as the fourth child in their household.
‘It’s been going on long enough to sometimes say when you say “How many kids do you have in the house?” I say, “Four.” A 12, 10, seven, and 88 year old,’ Matthew said.
With such a big household, the couple have been as busy as ever raising their children and working on their own separate projects under lockdown.
‘Sometimes you go through the day, and you’ve got the kids remote schooling, you get everyone set up, you’re doing meals, you’re running around, I’m doing my work, she’s doing hers, and sometimes it’ll be that 9:30 at night or 10:00 where we actually look at each other and go, “Oh hi! How are you?”‘ Matthew explained.
Growing family! The arrangement has been going on for the last seven months, and long enough for the actor to jokingly refer to his mother as the fourth child in their household
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However, the couple have managed to create alone time for themselves amid the hecticness.
‘She’s pretty good at scheduling, and we’re getting a little bit better at creating some structure, not only for the kids but for us, and saying “Hey, from this time to this time, don’t come knocking. Don’t come knocking on the door, or we’re going out to eat, or you guys handle it yourselves, or you guys set your own alarms. Handle yourself for breakfast, we’re going to have our time.”‘
Matthew was on hand to promote his new memoir Green Lights, which he wrote on his friend’s secluded desert ranch in order to avoid the distractions of technology.
‘So no electricity, no cell service, no email, no phone, no nothing. So, I took my journals, and when those days would get long or I’d get bored, I had one thing to go to for my entertainment: my journals, myself over the last 50 years. So I basically literally wanted to be trapped with me and myself for the last 50 years to see what I had.’
Open book: McConaughey’s new memoir, Green Lights, is now available in bookstores