The symbolism of pomegranate fruit in Christianity represents the death, suffering, and resurrection of Jesus Christ along with the hope of eternal life. The fruit can also symbolize royalty and the church, where the seeds represent the many believers of the universal church.
Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 commandments of the Torah. The pomegranate also represents fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom.
Grown in the Mediterranean region for several thousand years, this remarkable fruit is rich in symbolism and there are specific references to the pomegranate in the Bible. The fruit is listed in the Bible as one of the seven species of fruits and grains special of the Land of Israel.
“The Lord spoke to the Israelites of ‘a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey.'” (Deuteronomy 8:8)
The rich red color and the symbolism of the pomegranate make it the perfect subject for jewelry makers and artists. The pomegranate is often found in devotional statues and paintings of the Virgin and Child.
The pomegranate is quite desirable for its healthy qualities and antioxidants. The pomegranate juice is a good source of potassium, folate and vitamin K, and may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and prevent some types of cancer.