You'll find pomegranate art throughout Israel. The ancient Jews believed the fruit represented fertility. Be fruitful and multiply it says in the Old Testament. Pomegranate seeds will sprout readily in the right environment so I understand how they became such a symbol for fertility and there are those who believe the pomegranate was the forbidden fruit, not the apple. In Asia the pomegranate played a part in the wedding ceremony. The guests were provided with pomegranates and were told to throw them sharply upon the floor of the newlywed's honeymoon room. When doing so, the seeds were scattered. This ritual was intended to encourage a fruitful union and many children.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy a how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry and Secret Genealogy II, Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, and the historical novel about Crypto-Jews The Lies of the Lion all available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose. http://www.pacificsites.com/~oceanhose/