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String cheese is not a specific type of cheese but rather describes the shape in which the cheese is sold.
As currently sold in the U.S., string cheese is roughly cylindrical, about 6 inches long and less than 1 inch in diameter. Each cut of string cheese is individually packaged and sold in bulk quantities. The individual wrapping makes it conveniently portable for sack lunches and snacking on-the-go. It is nearly always mozzarella but can be another semi-soft cheese instead. String cheese is eaten by pulling "strings" of cheese from the cylinder along its length and eating these strings. It is considered a snack food.
Due to the amount of processing, string cheese is quite high in salt and hence is not recommended to be eaten in large quantities.
Traditional Armenian string cheese is often made with a different white cheese base, depending on local production. It includes black caraway seeds and a middle-eastern spice known as mahleb, and it comes in the form of a braided endless loop.
Because of the way it is pulled during processing, the cheese forms strings. There is also Syrian cheese processed this way. Other cheeses are only cut and pressed, not pulled, and don't develop strings.