Yes, apples are grown in this part of Java and, to be more precise, they grown in the mountain region of Batu and Malang. Examine to the roadside markets which sell particularly good green, a bit sour apples (the Males Sylvestris).
It's told the first apple tree sprouted decades ago when a Dutchman with a green thumb tried to grow this 4-season plant in a wholly different climate and on different soil too. Situated on a level of 700-800 meter above sea surface, the first trees were doing surprisingly well despite the tropical climate. There was a large difference though between the European apple and its Malang grown sister, which became all too apparent when the first fruits were reaped.
Found an apple, found an apple,
Found it growing on a tree.
Now I'll pick it and I'll share it,
Half for you and half for me.
About 3 km West of Batu is the excellent holiday resort Songgorito. Here you'll find the well-known hot springs. The road mounts the Gunung Panderman and is notorious for its hairpin bends. Find the small well-covered cleft with lusty vegetation where you can enjoy some breath-taking views. Have a picnic and go for a hike up to the 60 metres high Waterfall Cuban Rondo. It's wonderfully cool!
Visiting the center of Batu you'll notice it is not that crowded and, Batu is not that built up. Around the town square life is quiet, easy-going and sometimes even very cold, especially June to November. The air still very clear this area used to be a healthy place for lung-patients ...
Take an easy walk to Batu Plaza, the local all-in-one mall. You will be surprised what you can get there ...
Batu is famous for its delicious fruit and vegetables, especially apples, citrus, onions, potatoes, and cabbage. In the center of Batu is near the "alun-alun" a lively "Pasar Malam" (Night Market) though, enjoy the market in the day-time next to the mini-bus terminal. You can buy fruit and vegetables, and the locals selling from dried fish to soldering irons, too. A quiet, cozy shopping time.
Malang is one of Java's finest and most attractive hill towns. The provincial city of Malang is located in the mountains on the banks of the river Brantas. It was established in the late 18th. century as a coffee-growing center. In more recent years, local farmers have been growing tobacco, famous for its clove cigarettes (Kretek).
Malang is a cool, clean place with a well planned square and the central area of town is tudded with parks, tree-lined streets and odd Dutch architecture. The white Catholic Cathedral (Gereja Katolik) righ in the center around the "alun-alun", where it's always crowded with people, got a favourite view for Dutch colonials ...
Whenever in Malang, visit the smaller hill station BATU on the slopes of Mount Arjuna and 15 km North-West of Malang. This friendly hill town is well-known for its apple-prodution, because of the cool temperature.
Batu - Malang offers hotsprings, a variety of sports, rest and relaxation, surrounded by a phantastic vegetable growing area. Some really beautiful views will take your breath and, hiking in Batu see the Gunung Agung, a small still working volcano (see pic)
Situtated in Pandasari , Pujon Distric, 32 kms from Malang, Coban Rondo is beautiful waterfall gives peacefull impression.
The experiences never forget is The way to the waterfall, on the right and left side you can see the beautiful of aligment cypress and pine trees with cold air
Its situated 9 kms north of Malang was founded to in honour to King Kertanegara, the lastet King of Singosari who died in 1292 AD. it was established on 1300 AD. The other named of this temple is Ken Dedes.
ALUN ALUN or Malang Merdeka Square Garden was also one of Malang Landmark beside TUGU or Balaikota. It was very crowded park in Saturday, Sunday or any public holiday.