New sweet melon developed in Australia

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New sweet melon developed in Australia

A new fluorescent coloured sweet melon has successfully been grown in the Australian state of Queensland, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported.

The melon is now commercially available following four years of trials by Monsanto in partnership with Beemart Enterprises.

Grower Jason Beeston told the ABC the Bel Oro would be grown in Bundaberg in Queensland.

"It's Italian for beautiful gold. It's got a striking appearance when you see it; it's like a fluorescent, yellowy gold," he was quoted as saying.

"It's different from a normal melon. It has a small rind and most melons, as you eat away from the seed cavity, the sugar decreases.

"This fruit, the sugars are consistent right to probably around about a quarter of a centimetre of the skin."

Photo: Monsanto

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