Valmikiramayana.net says:

By the way, where is the scene of Rama eating fruits and eatables bitten and tasted by Shabari? Has this old woman not offered the fruits to the guests, or just said that they are available? We listen many stories and see many pictures telling that she gave many fruits after biting them with her own teeth to test the taste. All that is not in Valmiki Ramayana. This amplification is from Padma Purana. phalaani ca supakvaani muulaani madhuraaNi ca | svayam aasaadya maadhuryam pariikShya paribhakShya ca | pashcaat nivedayaamaasa raaghaabhyaam dhR^iDhvrataa |

However this isn't found in padma purana(a verse number would be helpful). Do any other scripture mention about this?

  • The answer posted below is partial answer as it answer your "a verse number would be helpful" part of your question.
    – Pandya
    Aug 1, 2020 at 11:40

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That is correct. There is no mention of serving fruits after tasting them in Padma Purana as well. Following are the relevant verses

267-270. He went to the pious, glorious Śabarī. That best among Viṣṇu’s devotees, seeing Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, went forth to greet them. Having saluted and seated them on a seat of darbhas, she washed their feet. With her mind full of joy she devoutly worshipped them with fragrant wild flowers. She, of a firm vow, then offered the two descendants of Raghu (viz. Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa) fragrant fruits and sweet roots. (Rāma,) the descendant of Kakutstha, gave her the highest liberation.

I could not find mention of Sabari and Sri Rama anywhere other than Valmiki Ramayana and Padma Purana

  • Nice answer. Check this if you understand Hindi supposed misinterpretation of verse from the Padma purana
    – Adiyarkku
    Jul 29, 2020 at 16:21
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  • @sv - please read the question. He wanted verse number from Padma purana. And I am not saying it is not present elsewhere. I am saying I could not find it. Jul 30, 2020 at 3:01
  • But that's not the main question (which is 'Do any other scripture mention about this?'). FYI, someone else flagged this as Not An Answer. I was just reviewing it. Your answer looks like commentary on the question so probably works better as a comment under the question. Jul 30, 2020 at 3:04
  • @sv - this has been covered in meta. If the answer is negative , then it would be accurate to say not found by me in scripture. Otherwise these questions will never have answers and only comments. And I again repeat - the OP asked for verses from Padma Purana that has reference to Sabari Jul 30, 2020 at 4:23

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