I wanted something I could use in a pinch. So I cut one open, discarded the ribs and seeds, and whizzed the rest in my coffee/spice grinder:
Here I took about a quarter teaspoon and reconstituted it with a little water. I added this to a soup. It was a little hot by itself but the heat dissipated in the soup and it left a smoky, earthy flavor. I could get used to this.