Chambers 21st Century Dictionary:cookernoun
1 an apparatus for cooking food; a stove. 2 Brit colloq a cooking apple.cooking apple
and cooker noun
an apple sour in taste, which is used for cooking rather than eating raw. Compare eating apple.http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chambers/feat...
"Cuddly and misshapen (and rather on the portly side), Bramleys are like our favourite maiden aunt. We Brits are alone in using cooking apples
at all – other countries use dessert apples for puddings; it’s only we who have sour cookers
whose flesh disintegrates to a purée – and the Bramley is the best flavoured and fluffiest cooker
of all. Its softness and tartness are very desirable, else there would be no chutneys (they are a major constituent of many), and we would all find jam and jelly making much more difficult (they are packed full of pectin, which you need for a good set)."http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recip...
"When you see a box of large green apples in a vegetable shop or supermarket simply labelled 'cookers
', you can bet your bottom dollar they're Bramleys, the most ubiquitous cooking apples
in these islands."http://www.independent.ie/health/diet-fitness...