Palsternacka is ‘parsnip’, Pastinaca sativa. Both the Swedish and the English words originate from the Latin term, and that is created from pastinum ‘garden hoe’ and acer ‘sharp’, ‘pointed’, referring to the shape of the root.
The parsnips are showing up everywhere in my garden. They are biennials and I let some of them stay in the ground during winter. I love to see the yellow flowers the next summer.