Swabian diminutive of Spatz , thus literally “little sparrow”, are a type of egg noodle or dumpling of soft texture found in the cuisines of southern Germany and of Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Alsace and South Tyrol.
The geographic origin of spätzle is not precisely known; various regions claim to be the originators of this noodle. Written mention of Spätzle has been found in documents dating from 1725, although medieval illustrations are believed to place this noodle at an even earlier date.Noodles more generally have a history extending back 4,000 years in East Asia and at least 2000 years in Europe.
Today, in Europe spätzle are largely considered a “Swabian speciality”. The total estimated annual commercial production of spätzle in Germany is approximately 40,000 tons. Pre-made spätzle are also available internationally.