Dates may contain insects and should be checked before consuming (source). The only way to do this (that I am aware of) for dates with pits is to open the date and remove the pit to examine the area underneath it. Doing this would seem to be a problem of borer on Shabbat. I would like to know

  1. Is this in fact a problem of borer and if not, why not?
  2. If this is a problem of borer, what is the halachically advisable way of checking a date on shabbat (or is it not possible)?
  • Why not just take the good from the bad (just prior to use without specialized equipment)? Maybe I'm missing something. Open the date. Take the flesh. Check it. Eat it. – Double AA May 7 '19 at 14:48
  • @DoubleAA I don't know if you've ever eaten a date with a pit but in my experience doing so is not possible because of how sticky the flesh is. I am literally trying to do it right now and failing. – rikitikitembo May 7 '19 at 14:50
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    Why does sticky matter? Don't take the pit from the flesh. Take the flesh from the pit. – Double AA May 7 '19 at 15:04

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