Description of cheese
The most obvious way to identify Saint-Maure de Touraine is by the straw through its centre. The straw is there to keep the roll formed cheese together and to allow air through to the core. It is also marked with the number of the production company and the AOC seal.
Only a Sainte-Maure with the additional name "de Touraine" on the label guarantees that it is an AOC cheese. If the cheese is not from the geographicaly fixed area of the Loire or if it doesn't meet all the requirements of the strict Appellation d'Origine, it will only be labelled Sainte Maure.