Pitted dates are essentially just dates that have had their pits (or seeds) removed for better texture and easier snacking. While you can often buy dates already pitted, you can also easily remove the pit at home by slicing lengthwise into the date with a small paring knife.Dates come from the date palm tree and are a type of tropical fruit. Unlike many dried fruits you might find on the supermarket shelf though, they aren’t fully dehydrated, which is why they traditionally need to be kept in a cool, dry place or refrigerated.The most common dates are a variety called Deglet Noor dates, which tend to be firmer, thicker, and smaller than other varieties. They are a bit drier in texture and not quite as sweet as varieties like Medjool dates but are still sweet and rich. If you ask us, we say medjools are the perfect choice for snacking on or for use in desserts! That’s also why you’ll often see them mentioned if you’re on the search for a healthier sugar substitute.