Elder Flowers are great right now (on a dry day that is!). The flowers appear from the end of May/beginning of June. The cream coloured flower heads are honey scented blossoms that are crisp and somewhat juicy with an aromatic scent and flavour. The most common use is to make an Elderberry cordial, but there are many uses – they can be put into salads, added to fruit fools, tempura battered or simply added to sugar are all but a few of its uses.
English Strawberries are much better, English Raspberries & Currants are slowly picking up in volume too. Spanish Galia melon represent the best value as Canteloupe, Honeydew & Water Melon are still at a premium. South African Forelle Pears remain the best eating Pear. Peruvian Satsumas peel and eat very well, hopefully they’ll be around for a while. English Gooseberries are available and Dutch Black & White Currants are too. Peaches, Nectarines & Apricots are at their best right now. Cherries from across the continent are very good and the best fruits are at a premium.
The French New Season Carrots are so much better and worth the extra pennies. Large Onions will remain expensive for the medium term but Red Onions have eased in price. As usual for this time of year supplies of English Summer Cauliflower get tight and prices can vary and unfortunately the size is generally smaller too! Portuguese Tender Stem Broccoli, Savoy & Hispi Cabbage is very good.
Monks beard has finished, Nettles are sporadic so need to be pre-ordered and Blue Meat & Watermelon Radish have both finished. English Broccoli is up this week. French Celeriac is really expensive so we moved over to Dutch for the moment. English Broad Beans & Peas in Pods are very good, no Runners yet though. English Asparagus remains very popular still and we still have a week or two to go.