At this time of year, the onions are right at the end of season. We get them in bags of 6 or 7 at our local restaurant supply shop, and often there is one in the bag that is squishy. You have to choose carefully.
On the other hand, these fennel are maginificent, and I guess we must be right at the start of season. They're firm, white, crisp and flavourful. The fate of these is to be finely sliced and sprinkled over a smoked salmon starter for our guests.
I can assure you they were delicious :)