Imagine, a specialty melon that alerts customers and consumers when it's ripe by changing color.

Nunhems, the vegetable seed division of Bayer CropScience, has just such a melon with its new Kirene, according to a news release.

Immature melons have a green exterior with off-white netting.

Ripe melons change to a bright yellow in a matter of one to two days.

As a result, customers don't have to be afraid of buying unripe melons.

For retailers, it means more repeat purchases as customers enjoy a good eating experience, according to the release.

Kirene combines the high Brix levels of a Galia melon with an extended shelf life.