We get prana (life-force) from the universe with each breath and the foods, herbs, and spices we ingest, which all bring balance to the body, mind, and spirit.
During the Autumn months, the Vata dosha (cold, dry. light, and mobile) can become out of balance. Pumpkins and winter squashes (butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and kabocha) are abundant and balancing to this dosha and time of year because they create stability with sweetness, heaviness, and wetness.
Their seeds are balancing for all three doshas.
Note- each type of winter squash or pumpkin are different shapes and sizes. They must be cut into uniform pieces, ensuring they cook uniformly. The exception to this rule is Acorn squashes whose skins are edible after roasting.