The pomegranate thrives in the dry climates.  It stays fresh for weeks after ripening.  It is mentioned a number of times in the Bible.  The love song of the bride in Song of Solomon is a good example:  Song of Songs 8:2, The Shunamite is speaking of Solomon, "I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate."