Food sculpture is not common within cemeteries but it can be discovered on very old stones.
The presence of an apple represents Salvation.
If the sculpture is a snake holding an apple in its mouth, it symbolizes sin.
An ear of corn symbolizes fertility and rebirth. It also signifies that the deceased lived to a ripe old age.
Cornucopia known as the “Horn of Plenty” symbolizes an abundant life. It is also a symbol of the harvest and the end of life.
Grapes are a symbol of the blood of Christ. When the vine is present it represents Christian faith.
A Sheaf of Wheat has several meanings. At its most fundamental, it represents the divine harvest and the end of life; and is usually found on older peoples’ gravestones.
Also used as an occupational symbol. Following the death of a farmer, it was a country custom to send a sheaf of corn to relatives of the deceased.
A sheaf of corn is a Masonic symbol representing charity to the less fortunate.