Kick off zucchini season early with this gorgeous, deep green squash. Eager to produce, it wastes no time bearing sleek, mouthwatering fruit that are best picked at 6-7 inches long. While other squash are greedy with space, Astia maintains a compact 30 inches across, so it’s well suited for containers and smaller gardens. With an open habit, spotting the fruit is easy for quick harvest. Unrivaled powdery mildew resistance means the plants stay healthy and productive late into the season. That, coupled with its early ripening, gives you a maximized harvest window. Astia is a well-bred French bush zucchini variety, developed especially for container growing and planting in small space gardens. These non rambling, compact squash vines are also highly ornamental with big silvery-green, deeply indented leaves. Early bearing and productive, Astia bears abundant zucchini near the base of the plant where they are easy to harvest. These uniformly smooth, lustrous, glossy-green zucchini have excellent flavor and are delicious whether roasted, sautéed, steamed or baked. Harvest at about 5 inches in length; frequent harvesting keeps plants producing. Enjoy these zucchinis grilled, baked sautéed or steamed. Try slicing lengthwise, drizzling with olive oil and roasting to succulent perfection. Or slice 1/2 inch thick, top with pizza sauce and cheese and bake.