Noodles come in many varieties, and National Noodle Day, which is observed each year on October 6, recognizes them all.
The word noodle derives from the German word nudel.
Noodles are made by rolling unleavened dough out and cutting into a variety of shapes. While long, flat noodles may seem to be the most common, they come in a variety of forms, names, and textures. Each kind of noodle will pair differently with different kinds of sauces and meals.
Found in regions all over the world, noodles are made from a variety of flours. In Asian cuisine, root vegetables, such as yams and potatoes, beans, rice, wheat, and buckwheat are all found in a wide assortment of noodles. Europeans make most of their pasta from durum or semolina flour, though potato noodles a enjoyed as well.
In 2002, archaeologists along the Yellow River in China found an earthenware bowl containing some 4000-year-old noodles which had been well preserved.