The days get shorter and the leaves are falling but Autumn is such a sweet time of year.

The weather also begins to get colder and many plants stop making food.

It is the time when deciduous trees shed their leaves.

You should make the most of gorgeous fruits in crumble and pies, fill the cupboard with jams and chutney and turn bulging pumpkins into hot soup to ward off the evening chill.

Autumn is a time of abundance when it comes to fresh produce.

Why do I love autumn so much…

I love the flavours of autumn: apples, lemons, pumpkins, pears, leeks, beetroot, Brussel sprouts, parsnips, rhubarb, figs, silverbeet and beans along with the colours and temperatures this is most definitely my favourite time of the year.

Because there is such great produce in abundance, it’s easy to cook with seasonal produce and create a wide variety of healthy meals.

Cooking in and with the season means that you can shop locally and the food will be fresher and cheaper.

It’s a win all-round, in other words.