Donald, have you tried putting the pod on a bright windowsill and
letting it ripen without the stalk?
I got viable seeds from a pod that was snapped off in a storm at age 5
days (5 days after pollinating). I put it on plate on the windowsill
and while it was a small pod, it had plenty of normal looking seeds, and
to my amazement, they germinated.
Linda Mann east TN USA zone 7