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It's not just saltiness, but various taste sensitivities that are impacted by pepper. Basically, piperine (the component in black pepper which causes its pungency) and capsaicin (the "hot" chemical in hot peppers) cause mild irritation and inflammation in the mouth when consumed. That inflammation leads to additional sensitivity of taste receptors. ...


Is it possible that you are confusing salty with umami? I could see pepper (and other spices) adding umami, but I don't see how it is possible to add saltiness.


Lime juice, tamarind paste, vinegars, mango powder, sour yogarts are what I use with a little as possible of table salt.

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