Idea: pomegranate seeds as an offering to a dragon or dragon-like creature/deity. Because some dragons are said to eat and/or hoard jewels, and you look me in the eye and tell me that pomegranate seeds don’t look like teensy rubies.
*Shoves a fistful of pomegranate seeds into mouth and roars*
…..I think a certain dragon god must have been whispering in your ear.
… Now I’m curious.