Rich in symbolism, this is a well being fruit. It represents abundance, richness, longevity, passionate love and fertility.
This is also confirmed by Asian tradition, to whom a broken pomegranate represents abundance and well being. Even today, in Turkey, brides throw a pomegranate fruit on the ground and believe they will bear as many children as the grains coming out from the broken fruit. In India, it is said the fruit of pomegranate is useful as a remedy for sterility.
In Christianity, the symbolism of the pomegranate fruit also takes on a spiritual meaning, believing the fruit and its seeds represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ and divine perfection. The unity within the Church itself is represented by the precious seeds, all bound together in one only fruit.
Painters of the Renaissance would put a pomegranate in the hands of the Madonna or Jesus as a symbol of blood, hence Jesus’s destiny.
Freemasonry regarded pomegranates as an important symbol, with its seeds representing brotherhood among adepti (the seeds), the solidarity of the lobbies contained within the fruit, and tolerance towards diversity.
In the Jewish tradition, the crown is the symbol of holiness and it is represented by the “crown” of the pomegranate, i.e. what is left of the calyx, in the top part of the fruit.
The pomegranate is also a symbol of honesty and decency, since it is said to have 613 seeds, which correspond with the 613 “pearls” – or commandments – of the Torah (365 prohibitions and 248 obligations), that need to be observed in order to behave wisely.
The pomegranate represents friendship in heraldy and in the language of flowers it stands for sincerity and generosity.
Photo: Unknown Author, 14th Century